Alex Botelho Survives Jet Ski Incident at 2020 WSL Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge

Alex Botelho Survives Jet Ski Incident at 2020 WSL Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge

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100 thoughts on “Alex Botelho Survives Jet Ski Incident at 2020 WSL Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge

  1. oran cullinan says:

    I'm happy everyone is ok. But the problem with big wave surfing is anyone can do it. The problem isn't the size of the waves it's the lack of training and ability for people. We need rules and regulations. For example if you can't prove that you can hold your breath for 2 mins in turbulant water then you don't get to be on the big wave tour.

  2. FloydofOz says:

    Are there four announcers for this show? They’re all talking over one another.

  3. xyzct says:

    Was that the driver or the surfer?

  4. SEBASTIÃO Carneiro says:

    Heavy Shit

  5. SEBASTIÃO Carneiro says:

    Se não fosse Algarvio não sobrevivia

  6. Andrew H says:

    How do the announcers laugh at this? Dude should be ashamed.

  7. Chris Fernandez says:

    That was the gnarliest thing I ever saw
    In surfing it looked scary… I'm so glad those guys are alive🙏

  8. Kevin Karges says:

    That Massive closeout transformed into a double-up ricochet just like that! Ocean always wins. Looks like that hinge fixed man-basket on back of ski turned him into point of spear upon splashdown & it was all tumble washing after that.

  9. Smile SurferStyle says:

    Great idea WSL 👌

    …..Didn't see this coming a mile away.

  10. Juan 4Realz says:

    Why is everyone so triggered that the announcer is laughing in amazement?? Watch this dude get fired now because there are one of these tender nipples on the board of directors lmao. God help us ***I'm rolling on the floor laughing my balls off because I just found out the dude laughing is PETER MEL 😂😂😂🤯🤯🤯💦💦💦

  11. PONO 800008 says:

    Dam They Got Pinched ,

  12. THE TRUTH says:


  13. interminably perplexed says:

    Terrifying. Wishing guys involved a full recovery and better days ahead. The intensity and awareness of surrounding imminent danger by that recovery crew in the wash must be off the charts. Hats off to you.

  14. Luke George says:

    So much risk for a mediocre wave

  15. Jason Karl says:

    I feel like since nazare appears to break a lot slower than the majority of powerful big wave brakes that it seems to visually take away from the presumptive power of this place. But then you see something like this and how this plays heaved that jetski in the air as if it was nothing, "a flee on the balls of mother nature" if you will. I thank God he's now Okay.

  16. jan smith says:

    That is extremely hard to watch. What a blessing Alex is alive!!! 🍀🍀🍀 What a blessing the other surfer/jetski driver is alive!!! 🍀 🍀🍀How is the other surfer/jet ski driver in this video?!? 🍀

  17. JM VD says:

    Hasta q no se ahoge alguno no van a parar estos giles. El surf en esas condiciones no tiene sentido

  18. Mario Bailote says:

    Portuguese man of war !

  19. bjaminbjamin says:


  20. Tommy Gunz says:

    Thank god he made it

  21. Juan 4Realz says:

    I heard the announcer was fired afterwards for wishing they would've died… Right after he ripped the head off a cat and drank the blood from it's leaking orifice. Than punched a homeless Portuguese in the face and took his clothes to disguise himself and slip off into an allyway.. 😏😏😏🙄🙄🙄

  22. Den Mun says:

    the announcers are hilarious though, literally cracking up over it


    I don't hear Peter Mel commenting… someone laughed about the situation and was NOT funny. Fortunately no one got seriously hurt.

  24. MegaXD says:

    Os caras ainda ri mds

  25. 1mollylee says:

    Right , remember when Peter Mel shoved a microphone in Mick Fannings face at J Bay immediately after he almost got eaten by a shark and then asked him to comment on what just happened … is that the same guy laughing in the video while he’s watching another one of his competitors nearly get killed and have his ski get completely destroyed in the process.

  26. Aint1S says:

    Maybe the ski operators need a big inflatable attached to them… For these white water hold downs. They're the worse because you can't swim up through that foam.

  27. frank beans says:

    That's a long time to be unconscious in the water 🙁

  28. Frankie D says:


  29. guitarsurfer2010 says:

    Super bad luck.
    The ski with 2 riders ,the main peak and the backwash all came together ,it was brutal.

  30. AlohaMilton says:

    That was terrifying. So glad the guy made it. Immediate medical care probably made all the difference. Water safety and medical crew congrats, you totally won the internet today.

  31. Surfmus says:

    The ocean always win.

  32. Mala Dude says:

    Holly fuck that was gnarly! Glad braddah is alright

  33. maattttt07 says:

    Last 5 minutes of the competition..Heavy!!

  34. Der Mongo says:

    Mad respect for the rescuers and doctors 🙌🏻

  35. arf arfarf says:

    back wash…. 2 stories up in the air.. dropped back to earth.. hip deep to the sea floor… survived. like a boss.

  36. Lurgs says:

    Crikey that was a big drop straight onto his jet ski, surprised he didn't break his back.

  37. MrFuglyTHEtroll says:

    Great work by the rescuers! Things can go wrong so incredibly fast…

  38. Paul Miller says:

    Perfect jet ski air reverse section.

  39. Ryan The Rock says:

    I have no sympathy for these guys…sign your death warrant when you go out there

  40. Dallas Kolotylo says:

    That was super gnarly. Alive is good, I hope he's actually ok though, definitely was face down in the water and not moving. Edit: looking at the crash again it looks like Alex came down face first on the sled after it launched off that wedge, really hope its not a spine injury. That looked really bad…

  41. alan saks says:

    So insane. After that huge launch, both go over 20' falls very close to the ski. So crazy. Get well soon Alex

  42. Dj Dube says:

    Muita atrapalhado este resgate.. faltou organizaçao entre os s v…

    muita gente em cima de um trampo que 2 sv faz.

    mas fez o trabalho. parabens.

    acontece com pessoas muito queridas.. todo mundo quer salvar!

  43. coolrunnings says:


  44. Michael Durban says:

    Sending Love | Support | Respect to you and your family Alex! and Big props to the water patrol for getting him out in time!

  45. Anthony O’Neill says:

    If that’s not pushing the limits I don’t know what is.

  46. Yewwin McGregor says:

    Sick wedge! Yewww!

  47. Joao Pereira says:

    Jasus,rapidas melhoras jesus esteja contigo *

  48. Stephen Reich says:

    Great rescue!

  49. Jody Aloha says:

    What a truly horrible situation, just hope Alex makes a fast & full recovery. It was an amazing event, put together by passion, heart & soul. I heard so many great comments from various people during the broadcast, 'Its all fun & games until something heavy happens', 'This is the game', 'Perfect call', but my favourite was 'Everybody's here helping everybody'.

  50. Jay Lair says:

    Laughter sometimes happens involuntarily at times of being overwhelmed by almost anything, it's not an indication of callousness.

  51. Strix says:

    What happened to the other guy on the back

  52. ninjaman12310 says:

    The ocean is a monster. Threw that ski around like it was a sock in the washing machine

  53. Rodasmonster says:


  54. Kate BY says:

    Keep on going! Water is so white!

  55. JEFFGUITAR says:

    Watching it on with the speed at 0.25.. fak!

  56. MARCUS Abreu says:

    parabéns a equipe de resgate e a todos envolvidos na ressuscitação do atleta, em especial ao Alemão de Maresias.

  57. Kasandra Mann says:

    boy thats sp dangerous out there not only for the surfers but water safety as well

  58. Robert Aldridge says:

    Glad everyone is doing ok after that. Looked horrendous

  59. Biggi K. says:

    Sorry, aber wer diesen "Sport" betreibt, sollte vorher seine persönlichen Angelegenheiten geregelt haben. Mitleid habe ich nicht – diese Person hat sich bewusst in Gefahr begeben.

  60. Flat World Logic says:

    wow that was mental

  61. Filipe Martins says:

    It's pitifull that people that don't know the event format or the ppl involved come to this video trash talking everyone… The pilot of the jetsky is Hugo Vau. If you don't know who he is, google it. The event format is teams of 2 where both surf and both drive (with the exception of Justine's team). The comentators are some of the best and only realized the situation when they saw Alex floating… they thought it was a piece of the jetsky…. Check WSL for full replay and you'll understand how insane this was and how long Alex was out. This accident happened at the last 10 min of the last heat, after 6 hours of glorious surfing (with some major wipouts but no serious injuries)… If you don't know what you are talking about, just shut up so you don't make yourself look like a arse.
    Great event WSL and cheers for all you gladiators riding those beautifull mountains 🙂

  62. SurfingKook says:

    Glad he'll be okay!!!

  63. Jp111 says:

    Who was face down ? The jet ski driver or the surfer on the matt behind the ski ?

  64. chelseyyy014 says:

    What about the jet ski driver? Is he okay too?

  65. d. wiley says:

    As they say in the bull rings of Mexico… “La sangre valiente fluye primero” in english- The brave blood flows first. Big wave surfing has always been on the dangerous edge of human abilities. Ask Peter Cole. If, however, you want to eliminate these sorts of accidents in professional surfing, get rid of the loud, obnoxious jet skis. A 400 pound chunk of hard, dead weight in 20 feet of churning white water? What could possibly go wrong. This is not surfing. It is tow in surfing. Machines do not belong in the waves. If you cannot surf a wave without one, you cannot surf that wave. Recent inventions of life saving devices have given big wave surfers a much better chance of survival, and have radically increased the size where paddle surfing can be done. Sure, it might make for more exciting competitions for those who don't understand what is going on. All you have to do is share the waves with a big, heavy, stinky, noisy machine that can crush you like a bug. They have no place in the lineup. Strap a motorized propeller to your feet and go wingsuit flying. Sell it to the coyotes. Just stay out of the lineup with your jet skis. They suck, unless you're trying to sell energy drinks.

  66. Thomas V. says:

    driver must have a spine injury for sure, he landed vertical on the ski. terrible

  67. Fire Up says:

    0:54 gets run over by jetski rescuer.

  68. downtourth says:

    Alex is a Stud!

  69. skidcrew says:

    Absolute craziness! 🤯

  70. jesus luis freire bustabad says:

    moita sorte alex

  71. Danny R C says:

    Cool for having good rescue team well done every one thank you for your work.

  72. Peter Enola says:

    Terrifying. Don't feel bad for him though. You do this kind of risky things you should expect things to go wrong. It's just plain stupid. Still, good that he is OK.

  73. shooter7a says:

    0:07 is one of the most massively violent over the falls I have ever seen. They got rag dolled for like 100 meters at 30 mph after going over. A lot of times surfers claim that "if they fall they die". It is almost always total BS. In this case, the chance of death was truly significant. If not for outside aid…at least one person dies. Well done to all those that came to their aid and saved their lives.

  74. shooter7a says:

    Looks like the surfer knocked himself out on the back/transom of the ski coming down. The driver stayed conscious and was able to swim.

  75. Yoshitoshi says:

    The dog was actually quite happy.

  76. Nias says:

    Splitting hairs but that's not a jet ski incident, that's a mother nature incident.

  77. Trident says:

    Guy went over the falls unconscious. Very dangerous.
    Lucky for us all he is safe now.
    Omg how scary

  78. Jason Bitzer says:

    Bad scene glad he survived a lot to learn from right there

  79. pumkinbreath says:

    Was that Eggers that got hurt?

  80. drewsky 100 says:

    Fak I hope his ok…🙏🤙❤🏄‍♂️

  81. ash smitty says:

    Was it the driver or the surfer that was unconscious?

  82. Rob Dobson says:

    Good to hear he’s ok!!

  83. Tyler Hubbell says:

    Thankful that Alex is OK. Man what a beast to survive such a heavy situation. Much love brother, sending good vibes for a full recovery. Also, kudos to the whole rescue crew, they were so critical to the positive outcome of this situation. Props to everyone out in the water yesterday, the contest was incredible.

  84. Clint Porterfield PTV says:

    The power of the ocean. Wow! He vanished with the wave crazy. Yes, he was face down. Hope all is well with everyone involved. The ocean is angry. Those waves are f/$king massive. ✌️🤙🏄‍♂️ Be safe..

  85. MrJamesdryable says:


  86. Johannes Lücker says:

    Good recovery bro!!!!!

  87. Hugo Cunha says:

    Nazaré is no joke. Huuuuuge waves!!

  88. 継続高校 says:


  89. Daveinet says:

    I'm not sure I would want any of those guys anywhere near me if I was injured. I have never seen such rough treatment by rescuers. Just drag the poor guy out of the water. Even after he was well up on shore, they just flipped him up on his side to get the board underneath him. Can't these people control themselves? You never treat an injured person that way. My word that was awful.

  90. pablo gaspar says:

    ho lee sheet

  91. born again surfer says:

    In the water and out, first responders doing what they do and doing it extremely well 🙏🏼

  92. Brady Baxter says:

    Just the size of that 2nd wave that pummeled both guys & the jetski, absolutely insane. That shorebreak was like triple overhead!!!

  93. Junior Mudd says:

    why is the numbskull laughing??

  94. g s says:

    Jet skis so old school. They should be using large drones now.

  95. Terry Knierim says:

    On the comfort of your couch no really gets how much DANGER is there until things go south quickly! Take it from someone who has their windsurf board broken in half by a 10 foot wave these are almost 100 ft

  96. MARK FONSECA says:

    Why laughs at begining?

  97. SUP richie says:

    business side of this story should be next. sponsors should be paying more, bc surfers are putting there life on the line. stay tuned.

  98. Antoine Siiince says:

    0'12 sec, what is funny in this situation son of *** ??

  99. Andre ́ Kanoa says:

    Tow in "surfing" is wrong. Use menpower to surf or let it be. Thats my opinion. Greez

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