One night, big wave, hero surfer

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

SURF doc­u­men­tary Night Rider charts the re­mark­able achieve­ment of young Queens­land ad­ven­ture ath­lete and big-wave surfer Mark Visser, the first per­son to ride the in­fa­mous Jaws break, in Maui, at night. Sun­shine Coast-based Visser trained with navy Seals to give him his best chance of sur­vival in the ad­vent of a cat­a­strophic wipe­out. Visser is able to hold his breath for six min­utes. Af­ter a se­vere ‘‘hold-down’’ as deep as 15m un­der water, he can work out which way is up by re­leas­ing some air and feel­ing the di­rec­tion the bub­bles travel. In Jan­uary this year, Visser made his­tory by achiev­ing a night ride on 10-12m waves at Jaws – a true world first, known glob­ally as the ‘‘Night Rider’’. Un­miss­able view­ing for surf fans, the Night Rider film is proof pos­i­tive Visser is one of the gut­si­est surfers in the world. The film screens on the Coast for one night only – on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 23.

Night Rider screens at Coolan­gatta and Pa­cific Fair cine­mas on Wed­nes­day.

Big-wave surfer Mark Visser

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