Austin Gibbons, a Long Beach surfer, was found unconscious after an apparent surfing accident in Hawaii
Austin Gibbons, 25, had gone surfing with friends at Pipeline, a reef break located off Ihukai Beach Park, on Monday, when he was found unconscious on his board in the water around 7:30 p.m., his mother, Christine Gibbons, said. . Long beach.
She said lifeguards had finished their shift and were in the beach parking lot and “by the grace of God they were still there” when they were alerted to Gibbons’ condition.
A statement from Honolulu Ocean Safety said the “25-year-old surfer” was found unresponsive by surfers at Pipeline.
The lifeguard tower at Ehukai Beach closed at 6:30 p.m., but lifeguards were still in the parking lot, alerted by beachgoers that they were needed. The statement said surfers helped bring the man closer to shore and rescuers brought him to the sand.
“Rescuers began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and after several rounds of CPR, the surfer regained a pulse… Honolulu EMS assumed advanced life-saving treatment and transported the man in critical condition to an area emergency room,” the statement read.
Christine Gibbons said she traveled Tuesday to be with her son. She did not reveal his injuries for privacy reasons, but confirmed that he was “improving” every day.
The surfer moved to Hawaii about a month ago from New York to pursue his dream of becoming a lifeguard on Oahu, and he performed “very well” in the lifeguard test on Jan. 20, his mother said.
The place where Gibbons surfed, known as the Banzai Pipeline, is known for its amazing waves.
“He’s been surfing since he was 2 years old,” Christine Gibbons said. “Because he can walk.”
Before his move, Gibbons was heavily involved in the Long Beach surfing community, and previously won the title of King of the Beach. He worked at Skudin Surf Camp, worked with children with special needs, and worked at Unsound Surf, a surf shop in Long Beach, his mother said.
Since the accident, Gibbons’ family has been “inundated” with messages of support from community members and asked for continued prayers.
“I truly believe he is strong enough mentally and physically to fight and we can get through this,” she said.
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