“I almost drowned,” he said.
Williams went to the competition with two friends who put a visit to Mavericks on their “bucket lists.”
He saw a lull in the waves and walked out onto the wall to get a better view of surfers lolling around in what looked like calm water.
The wave that knocked him off the wall came from the left, out of his line of sight, and it was too late to get away by the time he recognized the danger.
He said he wouldn’t have been on the wall if he had known that one of the Mavericks waves had struck an hour earlier, or if he had anticipated another one.