Devonshire gnarl enthusiast Taz Knight is known for his dedication to some of the heaviest slabs and reefs that break around the British Isles and beyond.
One such frightful waveform is the Irish lefthander known as Mullaghmore, which this winter has lit up under the rare calmer atmospheric conditions between a series of raucous Atlantic named storm systems.
The very next session after Tom Lowe’s memorable paddle bomb in February, Taz took a particularly nasty wipeout that he was good enough to recount to Wavelength Editor Luke Gartside in typical understated fashion. Here’s what he had to say:
“That was the worst wipeout I’ve ever had at Mully, it was one of those ones that really throws you around and drags you deep.”
It was the second wave of the set, which are notoriously difficult at Mully as the water pushed down into the reef by the first comes bubbling back up, creating all these crazy boils.
“My board got air as I was trying to bottom turn, which put me too high on the face and as the lip came over, I got slingshotted out and slammed down onto my chest. It knocked the wind out of me and rattled my head quite badly.”
“You can see it go black for a second as I get pushed down, then blue for a second as I get sucked back over and then black again as I go back down into the depths.”
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“After 20 seconds of getting thrown around, I finally managed to come up, but I didn’t even get a breath before that next wave smashed straight into me. Luckily, it was a little one and I resurfaced after a few seconds.”
“My ears had perforated a bit and I’d hit my head, so my vision was just flipping in circles. Peter Conroy came on the ski and tried to grab me but I was too disoriented to get to him, so he had to circle around and I had to take another wave on the head.”
Listen to Taz’s full account of the wipeout on the latest episode of Wavelength’s It’s Not The Length Podcast – Ep 14: March Madness.
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Ep 14 March Madness:
Evans & Mondy return to tackle surfing’s big topics with typical unflinching bravery.
The show features an update from Alex Botelho’s recovery as well as a first hand account of Taz Knight’s worst ever Mullaghmore wipeout.
In mellower wave news, Mondy gets paid to shred The Wave, but won’t say how much. Topics up for debate include the rumoured return of Marine Layer, the Fight For The Bight, more dolphin deaths in Biscay and the pain of unrequited love.
The Social Media Police return to consider celebrity wedding/funeral branded content, while the quiz sees Evans’ life & times of Damien Hardman take on Mondy’s Nazaré.
Running time: 50m
0m32: Intro & news
7m20: That’s Good
19m05: That’s Bad
25m: A word from the Editor Luke Gartside
26m50: Taz Knight’s Mully Wipeout
31m 15: Social Media Police
38m30s: The Quiz – Hardman vs Naz
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Cover photo: @lugarts