Saturday, January 22, 2011

Visser rides giants in early-morning darkness at ‘Jaws’

Mark Visser Rides JAWS at Night! from Fortrus Sports on Vimeo.

On Mark Visser's website, the professional big-wave surfer lists his goals as doing "things that no one thought were possible."

His accomplishment on early Thursday morning would seem to fit the bill - the 28-year-old Australian rode waves of 30-40 feet at "Jaws" in Peahi in darkness, at about 2 a.m.

"I was silenced. I was humbled," he said. "I thought I'd be pumped up and excited, but it wasn't that. I felt like I could sit in a field and not say a word. And just relief. I woke up each morning and my heart was pounding. Each morning I felt sick in my stomach."

The ride will be part of a documentary called "9 Lives" that is to be released late this year or in early 2012, and is being billed as the first surfing of big waves at Jaws in the dark.  Read More