Big-wave surfer chasing Indian Ocean’s insane swell

PROFESSIONAL big wave surfer Mark Visser will be tackling the Indian Ocean's 60ft super swell this week in his "time off".

The local surfer's life can change at the swing of a low from relaxing and surfing the Coast's 5ft waves, to hopping on a plane to Tahiti to surf the world famous 90ft Teahupoo swell.


Visser touched down in Perth late yesterday afternoon after tracking the "mega" swell for the past 10 days from the bottom of Africa to Australia's west coast.

Surfers from across the globe will join Visser this week as this swell becomes one of just a handful of 60ft swells worldwide in the past decade.

He said mega swells that start far out in the ocean often didn't turn out to be as big as the hype surrounding them, but this mega swell had lived up to its name.

"If there is something really really significant I will jump on a plane and go," he said.

"Every website is talking about it."

When shooting for a documentary or television show Visser has jumped out of planes with entire production crews to get access to the world's biggest waves but this week he's just taking a mate from the Coast.

"My trade is chasing swells but on the side I work on television shows," he said.

Visser only seriously turned to big wave surfing about five years ago after he tried his luck at competitive regular wave surfing, but never quite made the cut.

"In the end I didn't feel I was good enough," he said.

"I could have kept on bashing my head against the wall but I don't think I was passionate enough for it."

Since then Visser has gone on to make two highly successful big wave documentaries, Operation Night Rider and Operation Deep Blue.



  • Mark Visser's adventure documentary Operation Night Rider won one gold and two bronze awards at the Australian Cinematography Awards.
  • He has finished runner up three times in the Oakley ASL Big Wave Awards.

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