Jaws after dark

Erik Aeder

Mark Visser lit up at Jaws right about the time the bars in Lahina were closing.

Yeah, night surfing at Jaws, sounds pretty safe. Well, at approximately 2:00 this morning Australian lunatic Mark Visser threw caution to the offshore wind and went for it.

"It wasn't until I saw the pictures I realized how big it was. This project has two years in the planning and it was the scariest, but most exciting thing I have ever done," said Visser in a prepared statement for the press. "Riding in complete darkness meant I had to go off of feeling. I had to zone out from how you normally ride and just be part of the wave. I am so pumped to achieve something that no one thought possible and that I was told couldn't be done."

With wave faces in the 30- to 40-foot range, Visser rode a specially designed board and wore a specially designed vest constructed with "ground breaking NASA submarine lighting," so that him, his tow partner on the ski and the photographers in the helicopter could see what was going on with relative clarity.

Needless to say, this is the first session of its kind. Dubbed "The Night Rider" by Visser, this is the first in a series of "world first" extreme adventures that Visser's attempting for a documentary currently titled "9 Lives," which is due out sometime at the end of this year or beginning of next -- if he lives that long.

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