- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California surfer who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever paddled into broke his neck in four places during a surfing accident.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/1JV51QV ) Wednesday that Shawn Dollar also incurred head trauma and a concussion during the accident in Big Sur Monday

He is in stable condition.

Dollar first appeared on the big wave surfing radar during the 2010 Maverick’s surf contest along the coast south of San Francisco. He wasn’t invited to compete, but surfed a 55-foot wave during a session prior to the final, which led to him setting the Guinness record. In 2012, he topped his own mark, setting the current Guinness world paddle record when he surfed a 61-foot wave off of Baja California, the newspaper reported.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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