Ross Clarke-Jones enters the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame

February 14, 2012 | Surfing
Ross Clarke-Jones: smile, big waves are coming

Ross Clarke-Jones, the Australian king of big wave surfing, will be inducted as the 34th member of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, on the 16th February, in Manly.

Clarke-Jones was born in Sydney in 1966 and rode his first waves at Terrigal, when he was 10 years old. He immediately excelled through juniors and into the professional ranks and, at 19, broke into the elite ASP Tour in 1985.

After surfing for almost a decade in the highest pro surfing arena, Ross Clarke-Jones embarked on a relentless pursuit to ride the world's biggest waves. "It's really an honour to be part of this group. I respect everyone in the Hall of Fame," Clarke-Jones said.

"I'm still really enjoying hunting for waves. Riding them is one thing, but the journey getting there is another. There can be so much disappointment if you get to a wave and it's no good. You go through a lot of trouble to get there so if you can enjoy the ride and the journey then that's half the fun.

"But the best thing out of nearly 30 years of surfing is the great people I have met and places I've been to along the way. It's just incredible... it's priceless what surfing has given me."

Now, at 45, Ross Clarke-Jones remains a fearless charger with no signs of slowing down. His pursuit of giant waves has taken him all over the world and he has amassed a formidable hit list off Hawaii, Australia, California, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, Europe, Japan and even the piranha-infested waters of the Amazon River.

In recent years, Clarke-Jones teamed up with great mate and two-time World Champion Tom Carroll to film "Storm Surfers" which follows the pair as they push the boundaries in the search for larger, more remote waves.

Several near drownings, broken back, broken ribs, shoulder and bicep mishaps do not stop the surfer of the big waves. Clarke-Jones is still warming up.