Dave Grohl Almost Died: ‘I Started To Panic’

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was asked if he had near death in a new GQ video interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“Yeah. I almost drowned once surfing, that sucked. That was I think the last time I went surfing. This is a long time ago, I started surfing on the east coast, which some people don’t consider to be ‘surfing surfing.’ I had a house in North Carolina on the beach, which was beautiful man, like wild horses running around, and the water is warm, and the people are really friendly.

There was no local surf gang, and you would just sit out there and surf these 4 foot waves drinking beer all day long, and it was fun. Then I came out to the west coast, to Santa Cruz, where I have a bunch of friends. I borrow someone’s board, it was someone’s father’s longboard from the 60’s, and it was 14 fucking feet long, with no leash, and I just got caught inside.

I lost the board up against the cliffs, and I was just caught in a set of waves that seemed to go on for 5 or 10 minutes. I started to panic, like I thought I was going to die, and I knew that if I panicked I probably would, so I kept it cool, and started swimming. That kind of sucked.”