Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mitchella[euro][TM]s Monster Madness

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mitchella[euro][TM]s Monster Madness

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Byline: SURF SCENE Andrew McKinnon

IT HAS been an incredible start to the New Year with an abundance of swell, not only here on the Gold and Tweed coasts but all over the east coast, west coast and in Hawaii.

Currumbinas 10-time Molokai to Oahu paddle champion Jamie Mitchell has been travelling the globe in pursuit of the big wave adrenalin buzz.

Then he risked life and limb in his latest big wave adventure a taking on the notorious Cortes Bank for the first time.

aI just really love the feeling of surfing big waves,a Mitchell said.

aItas such a great feeling to watch a swell form for a week, chase it down halfway across the world, and actually get to surf it and challenge yourself in different elements and conditions.a

Describing the notorious Cortes Bank, he says: aItas very sharky and there is so much water moving out there a itas crazy... Itas a hard wave to surf because there are about four different peaks and itas very easy to get caught inside.a

It might not have been the end of the world on the much-vaunted apocalypse day 21/12 but it was close for Mitchell, who survived a 40ft wave wipe-out at the deadly venue, an underground mountain island situated 200km off the West Coast of California.

The journey takes 11 hours by boat from San Diego.

aIt was big. Some of the biggest surf Iave ever seen and the most intimidated Iave felt being in the ocean,a Mitchell said.

aYou have no line-up spots because you are in the middle of the ocean. But, if you get the right wave, you can ride it for about 200m.

aIt has an inside section that goes inside out and barrels. So if you get the right wave it could be the ride of your life. Other waves just shut you down and you have to straighten out.

aBut if you kick out in the channel after a good one, you are pretty excited and lucky not to have been taken through the wash cycle on the inside.a

An old mate from the 1970s and producer of the surfing movie Fantaseas, Greg Huglin, was back in his action-catching role, spending eight hours on the back of a jet ski taking photos of the 40a50ft swell. …

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