Brazilian surfer João ‘Chumbinho’ Chianca suffered a serious accident last Sunday (3) during training in Pipeline, Hawaii. Several local surfers rescued him from the water, followed by local lifeguards and medical staff. João Chianca, 23, suffered a concussion and was taken conscious to a hospital in Honolulu, where he is under observation.
At the time of rescue, Chianca was unconscious, but was gradually revived and regained speech during rescue procedures, as recorded by photographer Bruno Lemos, who documented the incident. The surfer suffered a cut on the back of his head due to the impact of falling into the wave and will need surgery.
The World Surf League (WSL) issued an official statement expressing gratitude from Chumbinho’s family for the support received. The statement highlights that, following the incident during free surfing at Pipeline, João Chianca is stable in the hospital in Honolulu.
“ After an injury suffered during a free surf at Pipeline this Sunday, João Chianca, known as Chumbinho, was rescued and is receiving care at the hospital in Honolulu, where he is in stable condition. We are in contact with his family, who are grateful for everyone’s love and support. We are grateful to the North Shore Lifeguards Association and the entire North Shore community for their immediate and effective response to ensure João’s safety”.