Big wave surfer Mark Visser with his Jeep duo.
Big wave surfer Mark Visser with his Jeep duo.

Life is swell for big wave surfer Mark Visser with two Jeeps

BETWEEN planning his next trip, we caught up with big wave surfer Mark Visser to discuss his motoring life.

What was your first car?

My first car was a silver Toyota Camry 1990, station wagon. It had lambs wool seat covers and it could fit 12 surfboards in it if you stacked it properly. I sold it to a little kid for half the price I paid for it after it had 400,000km on the clock and he was stoked. It was his first car too.

What are you driving now, and what do you love and hate about it?

My two cars that I drive now are a Jeep SRT8 and Jeep Wrangler Overland.

The SRT8 is amazing because of its power to size ratio. It drives like a sports car but has enough space to take all the gear you need and great for long drives on the highway. It does 0-100km in 4.7 seconds - the only bad thing is trying to keep it under the speed limit!

My Wrangler is the ultimate adventure car. I can take this thing anywhere and it's so much fun. It hammers up the beach and awesome through the bush. The other thing is the interior is pretty plush so it's really comfortable in rough conditions.

What car did your family have while you were growing up?

My family had a white Mitsubishi van because we were a family of six. It was definitely a people mover and my parents got rid of it once the kids started getting their own cars.

What is your greatest frustration on the road?

At the moment it's the roadworks when I drive to the airport. I never allow for this when I'm going on a last minute trip.

Do you have any preferred driving music?

I like to put my iPod on shuffle - keeps it interesting.

If you were to pick anyone in the world to go on a road trip, who would it be?

Family or friends because I never get to spend enough time with them.

What is your dream car?

The dream set up for me would be two cars. One that goes well down the highway and another that handles anything off road. But if I was forced to make a one off decision, it would be some sort of cool hovercraft thing.

Mark Visser is a Jeep ambassador.


Who: Mark Visser.

Born: March 9, 1983.

Resume: The big wave surfer hunts the globe looking for the biggest and most powerful swell.

Career highlight: Visser is most renowned for riding treacherous 30-40 foot waves at the Jaws break in Maui at night.