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Closeout | A Wipeout To Remember

They say, “If you’re not falling, you’re not trying hard enough.” They say, “Go big or go home.” They say, “No pain, no gain.”

But have they ever experienced a thick, snarling, double-overhead lip square on the head after face-planting into the floor of a steamrolling Sunset Beach closeout?

Our guess would be: no.

Regardless, South African charger Thomas King abides “their” cliches without exception. Case in point: this moment from his heat at the APP World Tour Sunset Beach Pro last year. For King, who’s been known to go all-in at bone crushing breaks like Namibia’s Skeleton Bay and Cloudbreak in Fiji, courage is fueled by yet another one of their age-old axioms: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” …at least after you’ve had a few visits with the chiropractor.

This episode of Closeout was featured in our 2016 Skills Guide.

More where this came from: A complete SUP surfing wipeout reel.