Dangerous Banks is a large shifting sandbar about 35 kilometres off the tip of north-west Tasmania.
Raging currents, winds and giant swells have kept humans at bay, but on June 27 three surfers finally conquered Dangerous Banks, it was revealed this week.
Australian veteran surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll and young Hawaiian Ian Walsh were towed on to 10-metre waves as part of their odyssey to surf giant winter swells around Australia for a pay television special Storm Riders, which is expected to be released next summer.
Clarke-Jones, regarded as Australia’s most renowned big-wave rider, said: “It was more than wild, it was complete chaos. I’ve never seen an ocean so angry and confused in all my surfing days.
“We managed to catch a few each but must admit that the ocean beat us to a pulp that day.
“We were lucky to have all made it to shore, to tell you the truth.”
The team gathered in Smithton on Tasmania’s north-west coast, and, guided by local abalone diver Paul Critchlow, put to sea equipped with two powerful powerboats, six power-skis and a helicopter.