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 the local Buddina beach break with two dedicated teachers in their own time. 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.
On the 20th January 2011, a Sunshine Coast local, known to his friends as ‘Vis’, entered the history books as the first person to ride a 30-40 foot wave, at night, at the infamous break off Maui, Hawaii, known as ‘Jaws’. This insane achievement earned Mark Visser the nickname of ‘The Night Rider’ throughout the surfing world.
You might expect a larger than life personality, robust ego, and possibly an overpowering presence from a man that takes on giant waves for a living. But the man we met was serenely humble, with a peaceful and gracious regard for nature; a man who does what he does simply to see what he is capable of, to conquer himself and nature, and, frankly, does not see any reason to be on this planet otherwise. Why Fitness caught up with Mark on one of his sporadic trips home to find out what, well…. Why?
Our Yamaha WaveRunners are now geared up with all the new vital equipment needed for any mission. This includes cruising through ocean swells and being thrown out of a C130 hercules from 5,000ft! It's this vision that helped inspire the new nose artwork designs which originated from WWll bomber aircrafts. We would like to give a special thanks to Josue Guardia for creating the fierce new design on the front of the skis' - they are so unique and look awesome in the water!