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01/24/2014 05:32 pm ET Updated Nov 12, 2014

Alex Martins's Terrifying Mavericks Wipeout Shows What Surfers Are Up Against (VIDEO)

Why is the Mavericks surf competition in Northern California such a big deal? Because of wipeouts like this.

Alex Martins, one of the world's best and most seasoned big wave surfers, was invited to compete in today's competition, but pulled out earlier this week after taking the below beating. He reportedly suffered a neck and knee injury.

Alex Martins Wipe Out and Rescue from Powerlines Productions on Vimeo.

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