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Inside the world’s most dangerous waves – Interview

Hollie McKay interviews Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones for Fox Newsss13_presskit_thumb_0215

There’s surfing, and then there’s big-wave surfing. And middle-aged, former surf champions and longtime friends Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones are searching for the biggest waves of them all.
Combining revolutionary 3D technology and daring filmmaking, the new, critically acclaimed documentary “Storm Surfers 3D” trails the two wave-loving, Australian legends in their quest to ride the highest, most dangerous waves on the planet. Using top-notch miniature 3D cameras to create a visually riveting cinematic adventure, audiences get to jump on the board, too – enjoying the adrenaline of coasting through a 30-foot surge and suffering the consequences of having all that crash down on you like a ton of bricks.
“I think as you get older, the fears change. You’re almost ignorant in the early days, reckless” Clarke-Jones, 47, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “But you get more calculated as you get older and you enjoy the process more. I had zero fear for so long, but the more you get whacked and hurt and maimed, the more selective you become. You [look at the waves] and only pick the ones worth hurting yourself for.”
And though these seasoned daredevils have spent their lives out on the water, the fear of injury still looms over them, Carroll said.
“The longer the time you spend out of the water, the bigger the fear becomes, so you have to step out of it. But I know that if I get an injury at 51, I’m not going to come back,” Carroll said. “Like if it’s a shoulder dislocation or if you tear ligaments in your back or break your leg. These little things last now, but back in the day we just had this idea that you could heal these things overnight and get back out there.”
And when you’re a surfer – one who spends days traveling the globe and opting to ride 50 miles in a helicopter from the shore to tackle some almost tsunami-sized beasts – there’s a calling that just keeps pushing you on.
“We love it, and we keep doing it because we want to build on that experience and keep moving with it,” Carroll explained. “Otherwise, I feel like I’m dead. I just want to be alive. Something keeps telling me to get on out there.”
“Storm Surfers 3D” offers something for everybody – cartoons for the kids, action for the party boys, nature for the earth lovers and some butt-kicking for adrenaline junkies. At the same time, the film also sheds light on this notion that surfing has, in recent times, become something of a universal language.

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