Thursday, January 20, 2011

Surfing 'Jaws' at night; Aussie Mark Visser does it first

Surfing the famed "Jaws" in Maui and catching a 30-foot wave during the day is one thing, but catching a 30-foot wave at Jaws at night? Quite another matter, wouldn't you say?

Enter Mark Visser. The Aussie claims to have become the first to surf Jaws at night and here's the proof:

Thursday afternoon, Visser tweeted this:
surfed jaws 30-40ft at 2AM! scariest thing I've ever done in my life!!!! 

ESPN's Jack Howard wrote Thursday that "Australian lunatic Mark Visser threw caution to the offshore wind and went for it."

Well, that's one way of putting it. Here's how Visser described it (via ESPN):
"It wasn't until I saw the pictures I realized how big it was. This project has two years in the planning and it was the scariest, but most exciting thing I have ever done," said Visser in a prepared statement for the press. "Riding in complete darkness meant I had to go off of feeling. I had to zone out from how you normally ride and just be part of the wave. I am so pumped to achieve something that no one thought possible and that I was told couldn't be done."
According to ESPN, this was the first in a series of "world first" extreme adventures that Visser is attempting for a documentary titled "9 Lives."

So far Visser is 1-for-1.

Thanks to The Outside Blog for the tip.

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