Shaun is one of those extreme sportsmen who risk life and limb surfing Australia's biggest wave at Shipstern Bluff in Tasmania.

Getting dumped on a wave this size can lead to an absolute thrashing.
On the other hand - surfing a great barrel on a wave this size is an experience of a lifetime.

Starring - Shaun Wallbank.

Camera - Tim Chiragakis

Footage of Shaun surfing - Simon Treweek and Cam Green

Photos of young Shaun - David Wallbank

Photos of Shaun on red board - Stu Gibson

Other photos - Kate Huxley

Editing - Lara van Raay

Produced by Lara van Raay

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