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Sand-bottomed doesn't mean soft. Photo: ASP

Josh Moniz Was Injured At Supertubos Yesterday, Might Undergo Neck Surgery

“I had a freak accident surfing, but the good news is I can feel and move my feet for now.”

Words by Michael Ciaramella

The waves are currently quite sizable in the eastern Atlantic. Coinciding with the first swells of autumn is the WSL’s Vissla Pro Ericeira, a Challenger Series event wherein 96 men and 48 are competing for a potential CT slot in 2022.

Among those Tour hopefuls is Hawaiian Josh Moniz, recent Stab High Central America competitor and brother of CT surfer Seth Moniz. Josh lost in the round of 96 of the Portugal event, leaving him with time to kill before the next Challenger Series event in France.

Josh decided to spend his time training in conditions as similar as possible to the beach breaks of Hossegor. Naturally, that led him to Supertubos.

A classic Supertubos moment from 2012. Ace Buchan (yellow) won the heat against CJ Hobgood (blue), but at what cost? Photo: ASP

Supertubos has been a long-standing CT venue, famous for tricky heats, massive rips, and occasional heart-in-your-kidney tubes. It’s also home to some of the worst wipeouts in professional surfing, due to chronically high winds, backwash, and a rapidly ascending sand shelf. Owen Wright perforated his eardrum out there in 2009.

Unfortunately, Josh Moniz found himself on the wrong side of Supers yesterday. According to sources on the ground, Josh fell on a wave and had to be helped to shore as he couldn’t move or feel his limbs.

He recently gave an update on his Instagram:

Josh’s caption reads:

Just wanted to give my friends and family an update of what’s going on with me. I’ll give you more details and proper thank yous to everyone helping out about the incident when my mom and girlfriend are here in the next couple days.

I’m overwhelmed with the amount of love and support I’ve got in the last 24 hours from everyone, it means the world to me. Just to keep it short, I want everyone to know I’m okay and stable. I had a freak accident surfing but the good news is I can feel and move my feet for now. It’s not official but it sounds like I will be getting a surgery on my neck here in Portugal. I’m sorry if I don’t get back to you guys but I figured this will be the easiest way to let my family around the world know everything is ok and I’m in great hands. Love you all and whatever happens I want everyone to know it’s ok. 

Also if anyone knows the guys who helped me on the beach I would be stoked to get their info to personally say thank you.

We’ll add updates as the story develops, but for now, our thoughts are with Josh and the rest of the Moniz family.

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