On Sunday, May 30, respected big wave surfer and star of the TV show “Bondi Rescue” Kobi Graham broke his neck while tow-in surfing at Ours near Sydney. It's a pretty heavy story as Graham is one of the most respected big-wave surfers in the area—he finished 2nd to Mark Mathews in the Oakley Big Wave Awards last year. Lucky for Graham, surf photographer Bill Morris was on the scene and was able to stabilize him and get him to a nearby beach where an ambulance was called. He was at an area hospital within twenty minutes of the spill and is expected to recover well after surgery.
Below is the story as reported by Costalwatch Editor Ben Horvath
There is also a good write up on Stab
Big Wave Surfer And Bondi Lifeguard Kobi Graham Suffers Horrific Neck Injuries At Big Wave Surf Spot "Ours" Near Sydney
Bondi Rescue lifeguard Kobi Graham suffered a hideous wipe out at Cape Solander mid afternoon on Sunday May 30. Kobi took off on a slabbing 6-8ft bomb and kind of nose-dived, free falling head first into the reef at "Ours".
For those that don't know "Ours" is a notorious big wave surf spot just outside the entrance to Botany Bay. The wave comes out of deep water before literally exploding on a shallow barnacle encrusted rock ledge no more than 10 metres in front of the sheer cliff face. Kobi fractured two vertebrae, meaning he broke his neck in layman's terms.
Fellow Bronte surfer and good friend John "Bones" Dwyer helped Kobi onto a sled and then coastalwatch photographer Billy Morris drove them around to Kurnell beach on a jet ski and promptly called an ambulance.
Thanks to Bones and Billy's quick response Kobi was then airlifted to Royal North Shore hospital within 20 minutes, where he is now reported to be in a stable condition."
Kobi was one of a handful of chargers in the water at Ours when I drove out to Kurnell Peninsula to check it on Sunday. Kobi is a well-respected big wave charger. The entire Sydney surfing community and all his colleagues in the surf lifesaving fraternity wish him a speedy recovery.
Sunday May 30 was one of the biggest days of surf in Sydney all year. We dodged the bullet so to speak. The much-hyped East Coast Low moved off the southern NSW coast overnight Saturday and in the early hours of Sunday morning sending a big, clean 3-4 metre plus ESE groundswell onto Sydney's beaches minus all the predicted adverse weather. The winds remained offshore WNW all day in Sydney grooming the swell perfectly. Look out for several upcoming features focusing on the swell in coming days. We will keep you posted on Kobi's well being as news comes to hand.—Ben Horvath, Coastalwatch Editor.