Last we checked on Mr. Visser, he was night-surfing Jaws. This time, he’s skydiving into open ocean waves. Yup. Tossing his skis and equipment out of an airplane with his body not too far behind.
According to Visser, these giant waves, located in the middle of the open ocean on sea mounts, are most easily accessible by air. He calls the expedition Operation Deep Blue. One might ask why, Mark? Well, these insane exploits are the beginnings of a new film, appropriately titled 9 Lives.
Said Visser in a press release:
“The aim of 9 Lives is to do things that have never been done before and that’s exactly what we’ve done here”, said Visser.
“Everyone knew that these massive waves were out there. We knew that they were bigger than 80 foot, the largest recorded waves ever ridden off-shore. It was just that people said there was no way to get to them. They said they couldn’t be reached.”
“What we have now done is work out a way that we could not only find them, but reach them as well. We couldn’t get to them by boat because it was too slow and we couldn’t take a seaplane because they don’t have the range. Some of the locations are up to 16 hours flying time away from land.
“We had to use the latest technology to track the waves, then get dropped in their path and wait. So far we have dropped into two deep ocean locations. It was very, very exciting. It has opened up a whole new world of big wave riding. We’ve proved it can be done.”
“I can’t say when the final film will be ready,” he said. “But I can say it will be like nothing ever seen before.”
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