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Mavericks Surfer reportedly recovering after Saturday incident at Mavericks

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Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011 8:05 pm | Updated: 4:46 pm, Thu Sep 29, 2011.

A Southern Californian who nearly drowned at Mavericks Saturday morning is making strides toward recovery, according to an official with The Jay at Mavericks Invitational surfing contest.

Frank Quirarte, a longtime photographer at the famed surf site and an organizer of the international surfing contest, has posted an unofficial update on the condition of 30-year-old surfer Jacob Trette. It reads:

"As of last evening Jacob was moving his arms and legs and his pupils are dilating. They're lowering his body temp so he doesn't use as much oxygen and keeping him heavily sedated. He has an anoxic brain injury do to lack of oxygen to the brain. To early to tell how much damage has been done if any. Sending our prayers to him and his family."

Trette was taken to Stanford Medical Center on Saturday. The Review has not been able to independently confirm the information posted on Facebook.

Trette's injuries reportedly came on only his second day in the waves off of Pillar Point. The waves were generally in the 12- to 15-foot range, though media reports suggest a larger wave dragged Trette under at about 10 a.m. Saturday.

Last week some in the surf community thought waves might be sufficient for the contest by the weekend, but those waves never materialized.

Media reports point to heroic efforts by bystanders to save Trette, who was found face down in the water. Surfers and others on the scene reportedly got Trette to shore and took steps to revive him before CalFire crews arrived.


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  • ireader posted at 10:21 pm on Sat, Mar 5, 2011.

    ireader Posts: 1

    Nice end to a frightening situation. I was in one of Matt’s classes and it’s one thing to practice a rescue, but remaining calm and quick thinking in the face of a real life/death situation is pretty awesome.

  • Avasings4u posted at 9:26 am on Sun, Jan 30, 2011.

    Avasings4u Posts: 1

    It doesn't surprise me that my nephew, Matt, Krizan, handled this situation with such quick thinking and action. Way to go, Matt! I'm sending Jacob lots of healing energy.

  • KennyHowell posted at 8:30 am on Wed, Jan 26, 2011.

    KennyHowell Posts: 1

    And thanks to Matt for his total awareness on the water. He reached Jacob before the jetski could locate him, and I have to believe that if Matt wasn't there, the Review would have written an obiturary for the surfer instead of an article about his recovery.

  • -Matt Krizan posted at 9:38 pm on Tue, Jan 25, 2011.

    -Matt Krizan Posts: 9

    That is a huge reilef. Thanks for posting.

  • Lars Howlett posted at 11:29 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    Lars Howlett Posts: 4 Staff

    update on mavericks surfer in critical condition via Ken SkinDog Collins: "Jacob LIVES. Just heard he came out of his coma and talking. Looks like he is doing good. Really really stoked Jacob pulled threw."