Make-A-Wish Ambassador and Big Wave Surfer/Ocean Adventurer, Mark Visser was asked if he could help teach Jasmine and her sister how to surf with a private lesson.
16-year-old dare devil Jasmine was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and wanted a surf lesson as part of her wish to go to the Gold Coast. With summer just around the corner, sun shining and perfect learner waves, Mark and his brother Kev pulled out the 9 and 10ft big wave guns to take the girls for their first surf lesson.
It was the first monster swell in the southern hemisphere this season, which hit Teahupoo in Tahiti, 13th May 2013.
Teahupoo is pumping. It's time to pack. The world’s best big wave riders were waiting for this particular weather pattern and it didn't disappoint. Blue skies, sun shining, crystal-clear waves but an ultra crowded line-up. With more than a dozen tow duos vying for position and twenty plus spectator boats clogging a fully packed channel, the lineup was a dangerous place to be.
Mark was recently asked to visit a local school on the Sunshine Coast to talk to them about ocean safety. This primary school has a Surf School program that let's students participate in lunch time activities and before school surf sessions at their local Buddina beach break. These two dedicated teachers offer their own time and the only requirement for these youngsters to participate is that all students need to get a grade 'A' for effort in school. As a result, all the kids are improving in all areas of school so it's having a really positive effect on them.