“Everyone was there at the right time and right place to help save my life.”
It was late afternoon and the last heat of the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout was underway at Pipe when Kalani Chapman swung on a particularly throaty double-up. As he’s done a thousand times before he took his time, casually drawing off the bottom as the wave readied to detonate, putting himself in the perfect spot, but this time something went wrong and he fell.
Oblivious to the fact Kalani was now unconscious underwater the webcast of the event continued, but luckily for Kalani, the water patrol was onto it. They, along with Seth Moniz and Nathan Florence who were surfing in the heat alongside Kalani, switched to rescue mode, pulling him from the water and rushing him to the beach where he was revived before being taken to hospital.