Billy Kemper's Injury Update

Billy Kemper's Injury Update

Thursday, February 20, 2020


  • After WSL Studios released the first episode of WSL Big Wave At Large -- a new series that tracks swells and deploys strike teams into the eye of the storm -- the production team got a call from Billy Kemper.
  • Kemper was on his way to Morocco with Koa Smith and Luke Davis to chase a series of Atlantic swells, and he was curious if the At Large team wanted to get in on the trip.
  • No brainer, the At Large team jumped at the opportunity, and what at the time few knew is that while the Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge was running, this crew was down in Morocco scoring for days on end with the help of local guide Jerome Sahyoun.
  • Two days ago, Billy was having, "one of the best days of surfing in my life," bagging 15-foot face, 20-second barrels with three of his friends.
  • Until, on the final wave of a 10-hour session, Billy bogged on a low-tide drainer, got knocked out and injured his right hip, saying he'd "never been hit so hard in his life."
  • With Koa Smith and others by his side, Billy is currently being treated in a hospital in Casablanca, and will be transported to California within the next 48 hours for further evaluation by his medical team.
  • Billy said, "everyone at the WSL has been so supportive and I'm beyond overwhelmed by what you guys have done."
  • We'll be bringing you updates on Billy's condition as they become available and are wishing him the quickest of recoveries.

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