Mark Visser is an Australian big wave surfer and ocean adventurer. He is a Big Wave Paddle-in Champion and 3x runner-up for the ASL Big Wave Awards. His dedication to the sport is unprecedented with intense training regimes and freakish skills, he is known as one of the fittest watermen in the world.
In 2016 Mark welcomed his first daughter into the world, he shares his experiences, the challenges and his favourite things about being a Joolz Dad.
Please give us a few sentences about yourself.
I’m a fun loving guy, that loves adventure and pushing myself to be the best I can, the best version of myself. I live and breathe ocean water activities. I do big wave surfing for a job, I probably do some pretty out their things for training and preparation to get ready for my day job. The stuff that I enjoy doing the most, I guess is pretty full on life.
When did you become a dad?
I became a dad 2 years ago, my second daughter was born a few weeks ago.
What has been the best thing about having children and being a dad, is it what you expected, any surprises?
The best thing is the fact that you get over yourself pretty quickly, you realise that the world isn’t about you. The little space that you think is so important changes very quickly.
I guess the best moments are the times that my daughter is just stoked to see me, and just says hi dadda! They don’t judge you, at this age, they just feel how they feel and express that. It’s a good reminder for me as an adult to be in that moment, and be present, because that’s what kids do the best.
I expected it to be kind of tough for the first few years, which it is in regards to sleeping and being able to fully train at a high level. There was nothing that I wasn’t really expecting.
Do you have a favourite park/ secret spot / walk you go on with kids in your Joolz?
Our secret spot is just going down to a little surf spot that I like, there is a park, swings. We track through the sand with our Joolz, the pram can kind of handle anything.
What is your favourite thing about your Joolz?
The pram for me is something I really love. As a person I love things that work well, things that do what they are meant to do. The first time I took my daughter for a walk, I remember thinking I can use just one hand, and the Joolz pram maneuvers around objects just like you’re in a race car. I really like that it is a pram we can go anywhere with and do anything with. Our Joolz can handle anything and fits into any lifestyle which is cool.
What has been the biggest challenge since becoming a parent?
For me time, you just don’t have as much time, you can’t just go and do whatever you want to do all the time. Which in a way is a good thing, you live a bit more of a less selfish life. But that’s the biggest challenge. I still struggle with it and I know that with our number 2 coming it’s only going to get worse.
Do you have any advice for first-time dads?
Probably don’t try and have everything figured out, you can prepare as best you can, but know that there is never going to be one way or a certain solution for things. You kind of have to just live it and experience it and be ok with not knowing the answer to everything. Every person will give you a million ideas and answers to all sorts of scenarios but they may not be the best one for you and your child. You just need to be open to whatever is going down. That is probably the best advice, but I still have a lot to learn.