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Marti Paradisis On A Tasmanian Beast

March 26th, 2013

Feb 14th, 2013 – He’s claimed the prize for “Biggest Slab” and “Biggest Paddle In” in years gone, but it was the top prize “Biggest Wave” in Australasian waters that he couldn’t get his mits on… until now.

It was THAT clip of Marti, tumbling down the 30ft monster on a custom Haydenshapes Tow Board at Pedra Branca, Tasmania, that without doubt earnt him the night’s top accolade and a cool 20K.

Originally built for Tom Carroll, the custom Haydenshapes Tow Board was built with over 7kg of lead imbedded throughout the center of the board along with 3 carbon rods through the FutureFlex construction. In weight, the board rides at around 9.5kg – far heavier than the average 2.5kg. It was actually this same design that Tom Carroll broke the world record on, being towed behind a helicopter in NZ at over 80km per hour back in 2010 for the Discovery Channel’s Storm Surfers project.

As for the location, it was his fisherman mate that made the discovery some years back of the giant swell in the middle of the ocean and encouraged him and his crew to pack the jet skis and get out there.

“He sent us the footage and we were like… Yep, that’s pretty good,”

Said Marti Paradisis, when accepting the oversize 20K cheque on staget.

As among the best big wave surfers out there, recognition like this has been a long time coming for the Tassie man who surfs 10ft waves in his backyard at Ship Stern’s like they were 4 footers in Bondi.

SURFER: Marti Paradisis
FILM: Mikey Brennan
LOCATION: Pedra Branca, Tasmania


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