Howie, Rosco, Stewie, Clarkey, Jonesy, Dark Bones, Rock, Owl Face, Rambo... to name a few

Ross Clarke-Jones

Big wave surfing – it’s my sport, my passion, my life.

Ross Clarke-Jones in action at Red Bull Heli Surf 2010 - Kuta, Bali
© Sergey Shakuto/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Ross Clarke-Jones. My discipline is big wave surfing. My friends call me Howie, Rosco, Stewie, Clarkey, Jonesy, Dark Bones, Rock, Owl Face, Rambo... to name a few. I was born on 6 June 1966 in Sydney, Australia. My special talent is being a joker. My philosophy of life is to live life as full as possible and not wasting any time sleeping. My favourite food is Italian. My favourite music is anything that makes me move.

Bio

Ross Clarke-Jones is Australian big wave surfing royalty. He's been in the mix with 80-90 foot [25-27m] waves on the biggest day ever surfed; he's ridden a tidal surge up the piranha-infested Amazon River; and is the sole Australian invitee to the Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Competition held in Waimea Bay, Hawaii (and, in 2001, the first ever non-Hawaiian to win it). Before flicking the switch to big waves, Ross spent 12 years on the ASP World Tour. He scooped 10 fin chops, one broken nose, a fractured spine, separated and fractured ribs, a snapped bicep, pulled trapezium, busted shoulder and several near-drownings. In 2008, he had a career-extending neck operation. Now having successfully rehabilitated, he "feels like Bionic Man again." Ross lives in a constant state of preparedness, ready to burn after the mythical 100-foot [30m] wave he forever wants to catch, from whichever country he's in, at a moment's notice. A good example of his fearless attitude was in 2012, when Ross and Tom Carroll went on a quest to hunt down and ride the biggest and most dangerous waves around Australia and the Southern Ocean in a movie documentary called Storm Surfers 3D. During the northern hemisphere winter, Ross divides his time between Northern Cali and Hawaii. "Then during the Australian winter, I live in Torquay and I'll chase swells across the southern hemisphere to South Africa, Chile, New Zealand, Tasmania or Western Australia," he says. This past Hawaiian winter was especially memorable, as Ross spent over one month chasing swells back and forth from Pipeline and Waimea to Pe'ahi (otherwise known as Jaws), scoring some of the biggest surf the Hawaiian islands have seen in decades. One for the books, that's for sure!

 

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Career Highlights

  1. 2012
    1. Induction Into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame

  2. 2012
    1. Documentary: Storm Surfers 3D

      A movie documenting Ross and Tom Carroll's quest to hunt down and ride the biggest and most dangerous waves around Australia and the Southern Ocean.

  3. 2009
    1. Nelscott Reef Kingfisher Champion

    2. 2nd Place: Nelscott Reed Town Competition

      Oregon, USA

  4. 2004
    1. 2nd Place: Eddie Aikau Invitational

      Oahu, Hawaii