October 03, 2009 06:00pm
THIS towering wall of water off WA is the biggest wave surfed in Australia this year.That's the claim of Mark Visser, the man who conquered the 11m monster at a secret location in WA's south this week.
``The weather was unbearable out there,'' Visser said. ``It was very windy, around 30 knots. Along with the wind, the water was icy cold. So cold that my feet ended up going numb.
``But I reckon that was the biggest wave surfed in Australia this year. I haven't seen one bigger.''
The waves were surfed at an offshore break nicknamed Cowbombie, about 2.5km off Gracetown. Cowbombie is gaining a reputation as one of the hot spots for big-wave surfing, attracting Australian and international daredevils.
Surfers from around the world flew in for the session, including big-wave specialists Grant
``Twiggy'' Baker, Doug Young and Ross Clark Jones.
Visser flew in from his home on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
``I heard about the big swell on Wednesday morning and we arrived in Perth on Wednesday night,'' Visser said.
``On Thursday we got these monster waves. It was pretty wild out there.
``We then backed it up on Friday, hoping it might be bigger.
``The waves weren't as big, around 25 foot. I went in with a paddle board, but got smashed a few times.''
Cowbombie has legendary status among surfers and its location is a closely guarded secret.