Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Visser Endures a Tight Travel Schedule to Surf

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Visser Endures a Tight Travel Schedule to Surf

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

AS a big-wave surfer, Mark Visser is getting to know a lot about air travel.

He returned home to the Sunshine Coast this week after securing fifth place in the Nelscott Reef Tow In World Cup off Lincoln City in the US state of Oregon.

But if you think 10-metre cold-water waves littered with kelp beds are daunting, you have not seen his travel schedule.

In the past week he has flown 27,289km and driven for six hours in four states in two countries on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, for just one day on the water. And you need to add the other 1586km he flew to talk about his adventure.

The World Cup event invites 32 surfers, who compete in tow-in and paddle-in competitions. As well as his fifth in the tow-in with partner Jamie Sterling, from Hawaii, Visser also scored a seventh, riding a 2.9-metre gun in the paddle-in division.

They were not bad results at all for a surfer who had never seen the wave before and arrived at his Lincoln City hotel at 1am just five hours before the event's 6am start. …

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