With the amount of insane big wave footage we’re gifted via the interwebs, it’s easy to forget that these guys are walking a very fine line between glory and a trip to the emergency department.

Hard-charging Portuguese surfer Nic Von Rupp knows this all too well, and in this clip, he swallows his pride and gives us the backstory behind his heaviest wipeouts from the last decade, and boy is there some heavy ones.

Kinda makes us content to stick to our diet of fun beachies.