Professional surfer Tom Dosland is used to gigantic surf breaks, but none quite like the one he was sent free-falling from on Wednesday in Hawaii's Pea'hi.
The Aloha state has been hit by enormous waves thanks to this year's El Niño, sending even the most seasoned surfers tumbling as they attempt to navigate down the near vertical slopes.
In what has become a viral video sensation -- some on social media have termed it the "craziest wipeout ever captured on film" -- Dosland is sent airborne from a 40-foot monster wave.
Recounting the experience to Surfer magazine, Dosland likened the intense force to "being in a car crash." He said he was actually blinded for a few seconds because of the strong sea spray before falling.
"It looked like a sea monster rising out of the ocean when it came my way," Dosland said. "But I was going. No matter what. So I flipped around and started paddling to get into it."
"You can't really tell from the video, but there was some wind blowing spray up the face as I was about to drop in, which pretty much blinded me for a few seconds. I could only see out of one eye, and only partially."
He later added: "I was free-falling for a while. It felt like I jumped off a cliff. That's when my leash stretched out all the way and flipped me over head-first. From there, I hit the face and it was just a brutal beating, like I was in a car crash."