Earlier today, two-time world bodyboarding champion Andre Botha saved the life of pro surfer Evan Geiselman during massive conditions at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu.

Hawaiian photographer and videographer Matt Castiglione was on the beach at the time filming Botha and Geiselman, who were paddling for waves in between massive wash throughs from second reef.

Castiglione sent Riptide the footage of the 22-year-old pro surfer taking a big wave at Pipeline where he wipes out and is held under for three consecutive waves.

“I didn’t realize how dramatic the rescue really was till I got home and checked my footage from the day,” Castiglione said.

“Evan was really lucky. You can see Dre (Botha) on Evan’s wave as he duck dives. Then a big set came through and pushes Dre to Gums.

“Normally he’s right back out when he spots the board tombstoning. That’s where my footages takes over.”

Botha is seen pulling an unconscious Geiselman up from the water before performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on him.

The South African bodyboarding legend then carries Geiselman towards the shoreline, before being assisted by lifeguards and others surfers.


Andre Botha busts an invert during the same session where he saved pro surfer Evan Geiselman. Photo: Matt Castiglione.

Geiselman regained consciousness on the beach before being taken to hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Lifeguards, professional surfers and Geiselman’s family have praised Botha for his actions, with many believing that if it wasn’t for him the young surfer may not have survived.

“When you look at it Evan is very luck to be here thanks to Andre and the North Shore Lifeguards,” Castiglione said.

“The entire beach was deeply concerned. Dre and the boys took a quick break and went right back out to shake it off.”

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