Brett Barley Did A Jet Ski Whoops

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What are you supposed to call something like this? A whoops? An incident? An accident?

Nomenclature aside, something happened to Brett Barley and his Jet Ski last swell on the Outer Banks.He explains it here.

Still trying to process what went down 2days ago. 10'-15' and throwing as wide as they were tall on some. That was the most insane day of surf I've ever witnessed here, and the best part is we all paddled some bombs. Framegrab: @jeffreyoneil We had some issues that evening bringing the jetski in… I made a poor decision to try and dodge the park service, and then my phone died right when I went to call my friends and tell them where I went. On top of that my radio was shorted out as well. For 2.5hrs no one knew where I was because everyone thought I headed one direction but I had gone the other. My friends and family, along with the Rescue Squad and Coast Guard, searched everywhere for me, and finally @jeffreyoneil, Billy Crews and a friend found me at 8:30pm. I was never in danger… I had been sitting on the beach since right before dark, waiting in the shorebreak holding onto the ski whenever a set came. What I did was totally safe, but not having any way to tell anyone where I was, was the part that ruined everything and caused panic. I just wanted to publicly apologize to anyone I freaked out that night. There's more people that were involved in the search than I'll probably be able to Thank and Apologize to in person, although I'm gonna try. So I wanted to let everyone know that I could, how awful that 2.5hrs was for me… Crying on the beach, and praying continually to be found, because I knew that every minute that passed would make my wife, family, and friends more and more upset and worried. I can't thank everyone enough for their help in looking for me, it means so much. I made a mistake and wasn't prepared enough… I learned a very valuable lesson, in a very emotionally painful and difficult way. And I'm sorry to those who were hurt by it, but I'm more thankful than words can convey for the support and man power that went into finding me. I feel especially blessed to be part of such a tight knit community, with a Rescue Squad and Coast Guard that is as professional and prepared as they come. Thank you for everything you guys do.

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Still trying to process what went down 2days ago. 10′-15′ and throwing as wide as they were tall on some. That was the most insane day of surf I’ve ever witnessed here, and the best part is we all paddled some bombs.

Framegrab: @jeffreyoneil

We had some issues that evening bringing the jetski in… I made a poor decision to try and dodge the park service, and then my phone died right when I went to call my friends and tell them where I went. On top of that my radio was shorted out as well. For 2.5hrs no one knew where I was because everyone thought I headed one direction but I had gone the other. My friends and family, along with the Rescue Squad and Coast Guard, searched everywhere for me, and finally @jeffreyoneil, Billy Crews and a friend found me at 8:30pm.

I was never in danger… I had been sitting on the beach since right before dark, waiting in the shorebreak holding onto the ski whenever a set came. What I did was totally safe, but not having any way to tell anyone where I was, was the part that ruined everything and caused panic.

I just wanted to publicly apologize to anyone I freaked out that night. There’s more people that were involved in the search than I’ll probably be able to Thank and Apologize to in person, although I’m gonna try. So I wanted to let everyone know that I could, how awful that 2.5hrs was for me… Crying on the beach, and praying continually to be found, because I knew that every minute that passed would make my wife, family, and friends more and more upset and worried. I can’t thank everyone enough for their help in looking for me, it means so much.

I made a mistake and wasn’t prepared enough… I learned a very valuable lesson, in a very emotionally painful and difficult way. And I’m sorry to those who were hurt by it, but I’m more thankful than words can convey for the support and man power that went into finding me.

I feel especially blessed to be part of such a tight knit community, with a Rescue Squad and Coast Guard that is as professional and prepared as they come. Thank you for everything you guys do.

Here are a few takeaways.
-The Outer Banks was the best Brett Barley’s ever seen it. That’s saying a lot. We’ll track down photos and clips for you.
-Brett handled that bad situation like a champion. Sure, a bit of an oversight in trying to dodge the Coast Guard, but Brett did all the right things after finding himself in that situation. From the humping of the Ski in the shorebreak to the public apology, championship material, all of it.