Chris Ross: heavy charger

Chris Ross has stormed Surfing Life’s Oakley Big Wave Awards with a big, heavy wave ridden in Western Australia.


Underground charger and all-round mad man, West Australian Chris Ross, put in a huge effort at the perilously heavy wave, located miles offshore, known only as The Right.

Frequented by large great white sharks and unpredictable rogue waves, Ross showed absolutely no fear, playing with the huge walls of water and thrusting himself into contention for the Biggest Slab Award, at the wave which has seen him nominated twice before.

The big wave ride was captured by the lens of Spencer Hornby, a respected East Coast surf photographer."When we turned up on the skis, it was small – basically not even breaking – and pretty worrying because it's such a trek down and out to get there", Spencer tells.

"The sets can take so long to show up over there. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, they just come in and start marching at you. That first set was probably the most incredible things that I have seen in years!"

With only three months remaining in the waiting period for other surfers to step up and lay claim to the massive $30,000 in prize money and the prestige that comes with tackling the biggest waves that Mother Nature throws at them, the judging panel continue to be blown away by entries from big wave chargers.