Big wave dare devil, Jeff Rowley, is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. The Surf Channel had the chance to meet up with Jeff at the 2011 Billabong Global Big Wave Awards at the Grove in Anaheim, California. Looking fresh in his black suit, Jeff stood out amongst the athletes as he claimed fourth for “Ride of the Year” on stage in front of hundreds of athletes and industry personnel. Just a few months later, Jeff PADDLES into the July Australian Winter Superswell at Albatross.
The infamous outer reef break in Victoria is known for their giant swooping birds and of course, the surfers. In July 2012, a massive swell was created on the southern coastline of Australia forming a series of low pressure systems causing massive 45’ faces. On catching the waves, Rowley said “Albatross is a challenging wave, you’re so far out to sea and there is nothing to line up on or get your bearings, just the waves.” On one of the supposedly “unsurfable,” dangerous days for paddle in athletes, you better believe Jeff was the only one who broke the rules by paddling in solo and claiming his own on these nightmare like beasts.
“I had to jump off a cliff to get out to the waves, and paddle about 2 kilometres out to sea against crazy rip current – it’s a total adventure” Rowley stated. Expect epic things for Jeff as he currently waits patiently until August 31, 2012 for the Big Wave Tour Event at Pico Alto in Peru.