Surf: World League highlights safety priority after Alex Botelho lawsuit

Portuguese surfer Alex Botelho sued the World Surf League (WSL) due to the accident suffered in Nazaré, in February 2020, in a giant wave event, with the entity guaranteeing today that it gives priority to safety.

“The health and safety of athletes, and those associated with our events around the world, is our top priority. We cannot comment on ongoing litigation, but overall, we are incredibly proud of our safety record in what is an inherently dangerous sport, and we will vigorously defend the league and the athletes we serve.” Lusa by official WSL source.

Also contacted by Lusa, Alex Botelho declined to comment on the lawsuit he filed against the WSL, which is being held in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California, United States (USA), two years after having suffered a serious accident during the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge, a giant wave event at Praia do Norte.

With waves of 20 meters, Alex Botelho was unconscious after the water scooter, on which he was accompanied by the also Portuguese Hugo Vau, was hit by a wave and the surfer hit the trailer, after being thrown into the air, getting unconscious until rescued from the sea, and then hospitalized in intensive care with assisted ventilation.

The Algarve surfer accuses the WSL of “gross negligence, willful omission and intentional and negligent misrepresentation” for not having ‘to the letter’ fulfilled the event’s safety plan, according to the magazine Sábado, which had access to the process.

It was on February 11, 2020 that the Portuguese ‘big rider’ Alex Botelho almost drowned in Praia do Norte, during the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge, a competition organized by the WSL.

Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by

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