Big wave surfing is one of those sports that delivers a thrill just by watching a YouTube video. So you can just imagine how thrilling it must be to get towed to the edge of a massive wall of sea and hang on for dear life to ride it out.
But even big wave surfers eventually look for bigger, badder challenges. And last week, Australian surfer Mark Visser completed one of his life goals: riding the infamous Jaws break off the Maui coast--at 2 a.m. in the morning.
I've been to the beach at night once or twice and just swimming in the dark, ominous body after the sun has set is a little eerie. I really can't imagine what it's like to tackle a hard-hitting, 30-foot wave without the benefit of the sun.
Luckily, I don't have to imagine. Because Visser's crew filmed the entire ride. After two years of strategic planning, the crew got him towed out to Jaws all decked out in LED and NASA-developed submarine lighting and he rode it out with assistance from a helicopter-mounted spotlight.
It's pretty epic whether or not you share Visser's passion for surfing. If you don't believe me, take Visser's word for it. The adrenaline junkie called it the scariest, most exciting thing he's ever done.