Ross Clarke-Jones

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Ross Clarke-Jones (6 June 1966) is an Australian big wave surfer.[1] He originally came from Terrigal in the Central Coast, of New South Wales, Australia where he enjoyed surfing Terrigal Haven,[2] a point break that produces rare waves lasting for up to 300 metres on a big swell.

Known also as "Dark Bones" and "RCJ", Clarke-Jones is known for his love of huge waves, and along with tow partner Tony Ray have taken on some of the biggest waves ever attempted.[2] On 28 January 1998, the two were part of a small group of surfers who rode giant Outside Log Cabins on the north shore of Oahu in Hawaii.[2] Wave faces were anything between 50 and 80 feet. Other surfers included Noah Johnson, Aaron Lambert, Cheyne Horan, Dan Moore, and others. Clarke-Jones and Ray had a memorable moment when both ski and surfer were caught and pummeled by a 60' wave, knocking them both into the water.[2]

Clarke-Jones is perennial invitee to the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave contest held at Waimea Bay[3] and in minimum 20'-25' surf. In 2000/2001, he won the Eddie, becoming the first non-Hawaiian to do so.[4] He continues to pursue big wave thrills in Hawaii, Australia, California, Tasmania, South Africa, and Europe.

He is known for surfing Shipsterns Bluff,[5] Cow Bombie,[6] and Pedra Branca.[7]

Storm Surfers 3D[edit]

On 14 August 2012, on a six-million dollar budget, the documentary titled Storm Surfers 3D was released, with Clarke-Jones being the main focus alongside fellow surfer Tom Carroll. The movie focused on spectacular tow-in rides in the Great Southern Ocean at Cow Bombie, Ship Stern, The South Coast Bombie, and Turtle Dove. Premieres were at Toronto on 9, 11, 15 and 16 September 2012; San Sebastian on 20–28 September 2012; Santa Barbara on 27 January – 3 February 2013; San Luis Obispo on 7 March 2013; and Honolulu on 10–27 April 2013.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]


  1. ^ "Meet the Team Ross Clarke-Jones". 2009. Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Two of Us: Ross Clarke-Jones and Tony Ray". The Age. 16 April 2006. Retrieved 6 Feb 2010.
  3. ^ "Ross Clarke-Jones". Retrieved 6 Feb 2010.
  4. ^ "Eddie Aikau Memorial". Retrieved 14 Nov 2014.
  5. ^ Peter Wilmoth (13 March 2005). "When the green room is your stage". The Sun Herald. Retrieved 6 Feb 2010.
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  7. ^ "The Storm Riders". Archived from the original on 1 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Storm Surfers 3D". Storm Surfers website. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  9. ^ Media Releases - 2012 (1 August 2012). "Storm Surfers 3D to ride the Toronto wave". Screen Australia. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  10. ^ Schoettle, Jane. "Storm Surfers 3D". Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Velodrome "Big Friday: Storm Surfers 3D". Donostia Zinemaldia Festival de San Sebastian 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Storm Surfers 3D". Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Storm Surfers 3D". San Luis Obispo Film Festival 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Storm Surfers 3D". Hawai'i International Film Festival 2013 Spring Showcase. Retrieved 28 April 2013.

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