Gerard Butler almost drowned yesterday after being held under water and washed over rocks by a series of big waves while filming a movie about surfing. He had to be rescued and was taken by ambulance to Stanford Medical Center for an exam but seems to be ok now. So it sounds like it was a freak accident, one of those things that no one could have predicted.
Oh wait never mind…
(The accident took place at) at Mavericks, a famed Northern California surf break known for treacherous, stories-high waves.
Butler had not surfed much before the movie but had made an effort to improve his surfing and water skills for the film.
Maverick’s cold water and giant waves have made it a Mt. Everest-like conquest for some surfers.
In 1994, Mark Foo, a seasoned big-wave surfer from Hawaii, died while surfing Mavericks.
Ten-time surfing world champion Kelly Slater has also talked about how dangerous the wave is after getting held down after a wipeout there in 2000.
So the guy couldn’t surf and he was at a break where professional surfers literally die. Awesome. Who’s producing this movie, Jennifer Aniston? Next week he’s supposed to take his very first MMA class. The plan is to lock him in a cage with a bear who just got tazed in the balls, then kill the bears cub and throw it at Butlers feet.
(image source = pacific coast)