Professional big wave surfer Mark Visser has made history by achieving a night ride on waves measuring 30-40 foot faces off the shores of Maui with specially engineered LED lights built into a buoyancy vest and modified into the surfboard.
A true world first – no one has attempted to ride and capture big waves at Jaws, Maui before in total darkness quite like this. With the help of his team overhead in a helicopter, Visser was towed in by a jet ski as he entered the infamous big wave break just prior to the peak of the swell, completely illuminated.
The living legend has told the world “It wasn’t until I saw the pictures I realized how big it was. This project has been two years in the planning and it was the scariest, but most exciting thing I have ever done, Riding in complete darkness meant I had to go off 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.”
Congratulations Visser on achiving a world first. Keep an eye out for a new documentary series based on ‘World Firsts’- 9 Lives.
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