So thankful the surf gods denied @kellyslater today cos for whatever reason he was right there to save my wife and kid who were swept across a road by a freak wave today. Forever grateful to the great man and so thankful my family is alive and safe 👊🏼 ❤️💙 Thanks to all the lifeguards too who saved many lives today.
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Kelly Slater is many things to many people: sex symbol, inspiring athlete, some dude on the news. But to a mother and her son, he’s a guardian angel.
Photographer Chris White told the story as such. As his wife and their son, strapped into his stroller, were crossing the road, a heavy wave reared up and knocked them clear across the road. The baby’s stroller was knocked over into the beach, where the child began to choke on salt water and sand.
Luckily, thanks to the “Surf Gods,” to hear White tell it, Slater just happened to be present and was able to get the pram righted fast enough. White’s wife managed to get up with nothing more than scrapes and bruises.
Luckily, everybody’s okay. And White is able to laugh off the potentially scary situation: “Van’s first wave was a huge one! Definitely a WA baby!”
h/t: Fox Sports.