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Coasting : Issue 2 2009
Ross’s favourite Central Coast breaks TEAMWORK: Tom Carroll tows Ross Clarke-Jones into the go zone for their 2008 documentary Storm Surfers for the Discovery Channel. Picture courtesy of Red Bull. Forresters Beach: “Forresters Beach has played a big role in my life. I’ve always liked surfi ng there. If I could have a dream beach house, I’d have it at Forresters Beach. There’s a lot of variety in that little cove there, and a lot of power as well, in the short rights and big lefts.” Terrigal Haven: “Terrigal Haven has always been a good one. A big right point break there handles some of the biggest south swells that bombard the east coast. It’s probably the fi rst big wave that I ever rode when I was 11 years old.” ON CALL: Ross Clarke-Jones splits much of his time between homes in North Carolina and Torquay, in Victoria, to be closer to the biggest swells. Picture courtesy of Red Bull. league forward hitting you at full speed. “And it wasn’t really that bad a wipe-out, so I’d hate to imagine what happens in the bad wipe-outs.” The Discovery Channel has recently invited the pair to produce another Storm Surfers. On the sideline The extreme forces that Clarke-Jones has subjected his body to over the last 20 years have taken their toll. “I’ve had a lot of beatings and the ones in the last 10 years have been the worst,” he said. He’s currently in the eighth month of a medically enforced lay-off from big waves. “I had an operation on my neck in October 2008, and when the neurosurgeon examined the scans he said that it looked like I’d been in a number of serious car accidents,” he said. The neck injury was sustained when Clarke-Jones came unstuck on a mountainous wave in Tasmania. FBI Forresters Beach Indoor “It was the worst wipe-out I’ve had in my life. As the wave hit me I heard a crack and I thought ‘Well, you’ll be going to hospital tomorrow. They’ll fi x that.’ I really thought I had broken my neck.’’ Doctors said shards of bone had touched nerves in his left arm, and without an operation he risked losing use of the limb. He rates this injury his worst. It outranks the broken vertebrae, broken ribs, a near drowning and countless serious cuts and bruises at the top of his hit list. See it to believe it Ross Clarke-Jones has been featured in a number of surfi ng fi lms and documentaries. Among his personal favourites are: ■ Mad Wax, a Quicksilver fi lm from 1987. ■ The Performers Part II and Part III ■ All Down The Line: 1989. ■ The Sixth Element: The Ross Clarke-Jones Story, 2006, narrated by Dennis Hopper. ■ Storm Surfers, 2008. Log on to stormsurfers.tv. FITNESS CENTRE LEARN TO SWIM Aqua Classes! Personal Training Kids Fitness Class Boxing Over 50’s Indoor Cycling Kindy Gym And much more! THAT GOES WITHOUT MENTIONING THE LEARN TO SWIM!! We are.... The Learn To Swim Specialists! From Birth to 12 years Specialised Ramped Hydrotherapy Pool at 32degs! FBI Swim & Fitness Centre • FAMILY OWNED • FAMILY RUN • FAMILY VALUES 41a Bellevue Rd Forresters Beach 4384 3577 firstname.lastname@example.org (off The Entrance Rd @ the Caltex Servo)
Issue 3 2009