James Taylor (not the musician) broke his L1 verterbra while surfing Cape Town pulling out of a fun sized barrel. He was then thrown down with the lip and pounded into the sand. He somehow managed to paddle himself onto the beach where the good nature of other surfers helped him out and called emergency services. He’s currently posted up for six weeks but thankfully has no nerve damage. The above video is pretty in-depth into the incident, as it was all caught on his GoPro camera.
For his full story on the back breaker head to jamestaylorsurfing.com/surfing/the-barrel-that-broke-my-back.