We've seen surfers catch massive waves before and ride them to glory, but this is not one of those moments. This is what happens when it all goes terribly wrong.

Professional surfer Tom Dosland was participating in the Jaws contest in Pe'ahi Hawaii when he caught a 40-foot wave and began his run. Unfortunately, due to some poorly timed sea spray to the face, Dosland lost his balance and proceeded to tumble almost four stories to the ocean below.

"I was free-falling for a while," the American surfer told Surfer Mag. "It felt like I jumped off a cliff. That’s when my leash stretched out all the way and flipped me over head-first. From there, I hit the face and it was just a brutal beating, like I was in a car crash."

Miraculously, Dosland popped to the surface and was quickly whisked away unharmed by a lifeguard on a jet ski. His board, on the other hand, was demolished.

According to Billy Kemper, the reigning Pe’ahi Challenge champion, Dosland is lucky to be alive. “I would say 99.9 percent of the people in the world would’ve died right there,” he told The Inertia.

Proving that he's not like other people, Dosland says the experience gave him more confidence. The next day, he was back hitting the waves.

"I got a few the next day. Nothing really special, but I got a couple," he added to Surfer Mag. "It felt good to get one for sure. I was riding a borrowed board at that point and wasn’t really feeling it. Plus, my neck was really stiff, but it was good for me to be back out there."

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Watch a surfer survive a free fall from a 40-foot wave
Things were going well for American surfer Tom Dosland until nature decided to ruin everything.