A hold down in big wave surf takes extraordinary mental strength in order to survive. When over 1 million pounds of water moving 60 miles/hour is landing on top of your body, it only seems natural for the human mind to panic. For Australian Storm Surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll, using a specific strategy to force the mind into a peaceful place helps to avoid panicking, which can lead to death.
Carroll had the scare of his life while surfing Cow Bombie, a reef break off Margaret River. Watch as the duo survive some of the most frightening rides of their lives. Listen to Clarke-Jones as he describes where he travels mentally during the grueling wipeouts he experiences as a big waves surfer.
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XLrator Media released STORM SURFERS 3D on June 14th in select New York theaters. Also now available on Video-On-Demand, Storm Surfers is an adventure documentary starring two-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll and big wave pioneer Ross Clarke-Jones. Directors Justin McMillan and Chris Nelius followed these two best friends around the world as they venture on a crazy mission to ride the biggest and most dangerous waves.