Wilmington surfer nominated for Wipeout of the Year

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A local surfer was recently in Hawaii during a big swell. Waves were easily 20 feet or higher at Waimea Bay the day he went out surfing, needless to say he took a wild wipeout.

Mason Barnes is from Wilmington and says he has been surfing is whole life.

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He says he has taken his fair share of falls but this one in January was one of the worst.

Barnes says this wipeout happened on his first wave on the first day of his trip.

He adds that conditions were windy and the swell was a little too big which kept a lot of people out of the water that evening, but not him.

“I was pretty sore for the next week,” Barnes said. “My whole body was kind of in recovery mode. I tweaked my back and my neck, but it could have been way worst. I’m super lucky I didn’t get like really hurt.”

Barnes’ wipeout clip has been submitted for the World Surfing League’s Wipeout of the Year category of the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards.

He says he would be excited if he won the award, but hopes he will get nominated for another award for a wave he didn’t fall on.