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Pro surfer Shawn Dollar breaks neck

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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.

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