Born in Hawaii but raised in Sardegna, Italy, Niccolo enjoys big wave surfing and other adrenalin inducing activities, like skydiving and cliff jumping.
Niccolo has recently hit the news with his Teahupoo wipe out. In an interview for Surfing Life magazine, Niccolo recounted…
“It was the most violent thing — I got annihilated,” he said. “I was bounced, pinballed on the reef, the whole 9 yd. Just up and over and up and over. It held me under pretty long. My life vest got blown off right away, and then the second wave drilled me — I actually hit the bottom even harder. Hit my back, my knees, and then I got about four more waves on the head after that … washed over the reef.”
Porcella said when he miraculously resurfaced, he spat blood “a couple of times” and incredulously went back out to catch another wave.
“The best day of my life was marrying my wife, but this, for sure, was second best. I’m coming back every year,” he told Surfing Life. Check out the video below of the wipe out. Porcella won the Wipeout Award at the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards.