Watch: And Russ comes a'gutser
With one wave under his belt and the size on the rise, Russ Bierke would've rightfully been feeling good about the upcoming session.
Instead, he buried the nose on his second wave, skimmed down the face and into the path of the pitching lip. In his own words he, "got slammed hard on the bottom and my elbow found a sharp bit of reef."
"Thankfully missed my arteries and muscle."
Russ was helped from the water and out of his wetty by good mate Sean Mawson.
And despite being the one with stitches he added, "I feel like some people don’t take this place as seriously as they should."