A 30-year-old Orange County surfer who was in critical condition Monday after he and several other surfers were struck by a large wave at Mavericks is expected to recover, according to hospital officials.
A Stanford Hospital spokesman on Tuesday upgraded 30-year-old Jacob Trette to fair condition three days after he nearly drowned.
Trette was rescued by an Australian firefighter, Russell Ord, who was on a jet ski taking photographs.
"The waves that day were not big by any stretch of the imagination, but then this set (of waves) came out of nowhere," Eric W. Nelson, a surf documentary filmmaker who was shooting Mavericks, told the Chronicle. "This set caught everyone off guard."
ESPN.com has a series of photos that show the large waves.
A photographer on a personal watercraft pulled Trette from the water. The Associated Press reported that he was face-down before he was rescued and was air-lifted out of the area by an emergency helicopter.