Surfer Captures ‘One in a Million’ Footage as He’s Body-Slammed by a Whale

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Aussie surfer Jason Breen had a crazy run-in with a humpback whale while wingfoiling, and the 55-year-old surfer managed to get some epic footage of the whole thing. In an interview, Breen was stoked to be alive and shared the scary deets of getting pulled underwater by the whale.

Surfer Body-Slammed By a Whale

Breen thinks he owes his survival to the leash on his board breaking, which stopped the whale from dragging him even deeper into the water. After the whale encounter, he swam back to shore and found out that his GoPro caught the entire wild scene, including the moment the surfer was whacked by the whale and when he popped back up.

Before the whale high-fived him with its tail, Breen was just out there enjoying a morning wingfoiling session in good weather. He noticed the whale popping up on his right side and realized things were about to get gnarly. The whale dropped right on top of him, pulling him down about 20 to 30 feet underwater.

The Encounter Was Captured on Video

Even though he freaked out when the whale hit him, Breen feels lucky that his leash snapped, saving him from getting wrecked. When the surfer got back on solid ground, he found out someone else had also filmed the whole thing from a different angle. Breen called it a stroke of luck that something that wasn’t supposed to break broke.

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People who saw the footage were shaken, calling the whole thing terrifying and highlighting how crazy rare and intense Breen’s run-in with the humpback was. After this wild moment, Breen thought about how nature can be totally unpredictable. One minute he was having a super exciting adventure and the next, danger popped up out of nowhere. The meeting with the big sea creature really showed Breen how powerful and amazing nature is.