Mark Healey has just broken the internet - again. The latest chapter in this graphic novel? Paddling into probably the biggest wave ever ridden at Puerto Escondido in the biggest swell in decades. Check it out for yourself
This is how he recalls this wave…
“Mmm, I don’t know. No idea! I didn’t even realise it was that big. I saw the photo later and it was, woah, it looks solid. I went full black out when I saw it, I just went “Ok, I need to commit to this. Done. It’s happening.” I barely remember what it looked like coming in.”
Seriously!?! What a hellman. So calm and calculated in a situation that would evoke pure terror in any normal person.
But then, Mark isnt a normal person and it’s not like we arent used to the Hawaiian dropping into and/or getting cleaned up on gargantuan waves around the world.
Remember Fiji? He was THAT guy caught inside of THAT wave on THAT day in Fiji. The one that is immortalised in the very frame that Peter Joli won an award for and captures the entire essence of that swell.
It would seem as big wave surfing pushes at the boundaries of what was previously thought possible – Mark Healey will be one of those leading the way.
But being a waterman isn’t just about one discipline and where other surfers just ride the mountains, Mark is exploring and hunting the nooks and crannies of their depths. It is this intimate knowledge of Cloud Break that he credits with his uncanny knack to being in the right place at the right time and escape when he is not.
This is Healey’s point of difference and what sets him a part from the pack. After all, how many other professional surfers are also professional spear fisherman, hold international records and ride sharks like ponies at the Easter show?
Has spent over 30 years of his middle aged life trying to spend more time in the ocean. Likes to surf, bodysurf, free dive and pretend he enjoys chasing big waves.