Russell Berke Nearly Drowns, Slater Assists in Rescue

While the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach was wrapping up this week, sending Jordy Smith into the history books by ringing his first bell, another group of surfers were tasting the same swell 100 miles west, albeit a much spicier version.

And during the session, at a big wave spot off Port Campbell, 19-year-old prodigy Russell Bierke suffered a serious takedown. His board smashed him in the head, knocking him unconscious, and requiring immediate assistance and trip to the hospital.

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