The 28-year-old Gracetown local (who, by the way, is the sister of pro-surfer Bronte and daughter of Masters World Champ Dave Macaulay,) made history when she conquered the massive swell on the WA south coast last week – the first-ever woman to do so.
“It’s pretty nerve-racking because of the consequences,” she told ABC’s 7:30 Report. “It feels different; it’s not like going for a normal surf.”
In preparation to take on the break, which takes 25 minutes by jet ski to reach, Laura trained for months. She also underwent carbon dioxide tolerance training and wore a self-inflating vest to bring her back to the ocean’s surface.
Many big wave surfers have died attempting the very same wave, with one hospitalised just last month after a particularly nasty wipeout.
“If you come off or you get put in a bad situation, you have zero control over what the ocean's doing to you,” photographer Kim Feast told the publication. The wave will just humble you. It will spank you at any point in time it chooses.”
But despite Feast declaring her achievement “nothing short of ground-breaking” for women in sport, Laura remains as humble as ever.
“In terms of pushing the boundaries, I’m still so rookie so it doesn’t feel like I am,” she said. “There’s so many guys who are so skilled out there ... I feel lucky to have the opportunity.”
Watch Laura's incredible efforts below: