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Surf champ Kelly Slater saves woman, child in Hawaii

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11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater wows the crowd in Huntington Beach during heat six of round two in the men's U.S. Open of Surfing in 2013.
JOSHUA SUDOCK, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Eleven-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater isn't just good on the waves - he's good at saving people from them, too.

On Wednesday, a rogue "tsunami-like" wave in Hawaii surprised Australian tourist Sarah White and her 22-month-old toddler while they were out walking on a seaside road. The freak wave swept over the road, submerging White and causing her son to swallow water and sand.

Slater happened to be walking by at the time and brought the mother and son to safety.

"For some random reason I stopped there when I normally don't," Slater commented on White's husband's Instagram post. "Lifeguards were on it either way and had it handled."

The waves in Hawaii hit up to 45 feet on Wednesday, but that didn't stop some of the surfers in town from heading out. Luckily for the White family, Slater wasn't among them at the time.

Slater, 43, is an 11-time world champion who has surfed several events in San Clemente, Huntington Beach and Trestles.

Surf champ Kelly Slater saves woman, child in Hawaii

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11-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater wows the crowd in Huntington Beach during heat six of round two in the men's U.S. Open of Surfing in 2013.
JOSHUA SUDOCK, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Eleven-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater isn't just good on the waves - he's good at saving people from them, too.

On Wednesday, a rogue "tsunami-like" wave in Hawaii surprised Australian tourist Sarah White and her 22-month-old toddler while they were out walking on a seaside road. The freak wave swept over the road, submerging White and causing her son to swallow water and sand.

Slater happened to be walking by at the time and brought the mother and son to safety.

"For some random reason I stopped there when I normally don't," Slater commented on White's husband's Instagram post. "Lifeguards were on it either way and had it handled."

The waves in Hawaii hit up to 45 feet on Wednesday, but that didn't stop some of the surfers in town from heading out. Luckily for the White family, Slater wasn't among them at the time.

Slater, 43, is an 11-time world champion who has surfed several events in San Clemente, Huntington Beach and Trestles.

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