On Monday, February 5, 2024, Austin Gibbons was involved in a tragic surfing accident at Hawaii's world renowned Banzai Pipeline. Austin, 25, a resident of Long Beach, NY, was enjoying a full day of surfing and was taking off on his last wave of the day. What Austin didn't realize was that this wave would be the start of his "Fight for Life". He was held under by the brute force of two waves of whitewater, which unforgivingly filled his lungs with sea water. He was rescued by fellow surfers and lifeguards, who brought Austin back to us through CPR. He was rushed to the Medical Center in critical condition and was placed in a medically induced coma.
His mother, Christine Eidt Gibbons, grabbed an emergency flight to Hawaii to be by her only child's bedside. Her love, strength and perseverance during this time is a testament to the "Fight for Life" that her son is enduring. We are asking you to help the Gibbons Family cover the mounting costs of the medical and lodging bills that are accumulating. Please keep Austin, his family, the medical staff and the heroic North Shore Lifeguards in your prayers.