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.