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Surfing big waves at Maui’s infamous Jaws break doesn’t happen over night. It takes years of practice and getting comfortable in the sea and on your board. Hawaiian surfer Mark Healey gives a glimpse into his world and the rigorous training he undergoes to prepare his body for big waves. His training includes breathing exercises, yoga, ice-baths (it looks painful just watching) and deep stretching. Watch as the big wave surfer drops in on the face of a 60-foot swell off the coast of Maui.

The first time Mark Healey surfed Jaws was in 2004 and ended up wiping out on a 60 foot wave. The wipeout blew out his eardrum, and ripped his flotation vest in half. He managed to catch it as it was being ripped off by the force of the wave. It was that vest that brought him to the surface, only to have four more waves crash over him causing him to lose 10 minutes of memory. About the experience he states, “I had to puke so bad, but kept swallowing it back down because I didn’t want to look like a pussy. Hahaha! Good times!”


 

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