Culburra surfer Mikey Wright has spoken of the panic experienced in the moments before a dramatic rescue in Hawaii.
The 24-year-old was standing on Ike Beach filming the waves as a women started to struggle in the water, the surfer racing into the ocean to save her.
Wright was in Hawaii with his wife and sister Tyler, the pair also aiding in the rescue.
In a video posted to his Instagram page, Wright dashed into the ocean as bystanders feared for the woman's life.
The surfer has been praised as a hero, however he told Channel Nine's Today show he was simply helping a woman out.
"I was on my phone to pass my phone to my wife, and I was like 'grab my phone, this person is going to need saving' and I dropped my beer and ripped my camera out of my pocket, took my shirt off and had to jump the fence," he said.
"From when we first seen it, to when we realised it was going to be really bad, it was only a matter of seconds."
While Mikey was quick to downplay the situation, Tyler said the rescue was a sign of her brother's advanced ocean skills.
"Look, it was an intense situation, but he is a water man, this is what we have been doing since we were kids. We have surf life saving skills," she told the Today Show.
"At that point, I knew the way he was positioning himself was to take take the full impact of the rocks and copping the waves, so I wasn't too worried.
"At that point, the concern was for the woman and how long she had left before she would really start to struggle."