Shawn Dollar, a professional surfer from Santa Cruz, broke his neck while surfing big waves Monday on the central coast, according to a statement posted on the Titans of Mavericks’ Facebook page.
Dollar’s neck broke in four places and he also suffered a concussion, according to the statement, after paddling out into 25-foot waves and unfavorable conditions brought on by a strong south swell.
His fellow surfers transported Dollar to an emergency room, and he’s reportedly currently in stable condition.
Dollar wrote in a statement:
“I’m so grateful for those who where there in my scariest and darkest hour and who acted on my behalf to get me to safety and reach the hospital in time. … I’m thankful to learn that even with these severe injuries I will make a full recovery.”
Friends say Dollar will be recovering over the coming months, and that he will “return to the line up soon.”
As of Tuesday night, well-wishers had left more than 275 comments for Dollar on the Titans of Mavericks’ Facebook page and the post had been shared roughly 300 times.