The Best Big Wave Surfers in the world take over the show when the Fiji ASP World Tour is called on hold because the 20 to 30 foot waves were considered by contest directors to be too dangerous and extreme.
Australian Big Wave Surfers, Jeff Rowley and Todd Rosewall flew into Fiji from Torquay, Victoria for the opportunity to surf at the super swell of the year at Cloudbreak, Fiji on 8 June 2012, when the ASP World Tour Event in Fiji was put on hold.
Rowley and Rosewall, alongside international big wave surfers including Greg Long, Dave Wassel, Kohl Christensen, were in the water as soon as the competition was called off, when the ocean swell picked up to create giant barrelling waves.
The swell at Fiji was caused by a series of low pressure systems in the Southern Ocean which also caused severe storm damage to Victoria and New South Wales in early June 2012.
In preparation, Rowley said “When I saw this swell develop on the weather charts, I was prepared for the biggest and best day of the year”.
Cloudbreak is a reef break approximately 10 kilometres out to sea, and surfers charter private boats to get to the waves.
“Its such a full-on expedition to get to Cloudbreak but it’s worth it”, Rowley said.
After breaking two new surfboards, Rowley exudes “Cloudbreak is a powerful wave and it destroyed two of my surfboards and lost one out to sea”.
At 21 years of age, Rosewall was one of the youngest surfers in the water to brave one of the most dangerous waves in the world for his first time.
“Cloudbreak is incredible, it is the biggest most perfect wave I’ve ever surfed”
“I know why they call it Cloudbreak now - the waves drop out of the sky like clouds”.
Despite perfect barrelling waves, Rosewall had his share of bad wipeouts.
“The waves are so powerful, it felt like I was anchored to the bottom of the ocean by a ball and chain”, Rosewall said.
Rowley and his team are part of a niche crew of extreme big wave surfers that travel at a moments notice to chase monster swells across the globe.
The pair are watching the weather maps for more storms to develop in the Southern Hemisphere, to take on massive waves in destinations like Teahupoo in Tahiti.
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