ALL Peter de Haan wanted was an autograph for his five-year-old son Jett. Instead, he found himself on a jetski in the cold and pitch dark alongside a friendly "maniac", staring at the biggest wall of water he had ever seen.
The Cronulla bricklayer has lived to tell the extraordinary tale of how he went to the movies with his wife and ended up ###### of Bass Strait a few hours later in a real-life adventure beside big-wave hunter Ross Clarke-Jones.
"It was like I was plucked from Earth and I jumped on another planet," de Haan said of his jaunt with one of the world's most famous and fearless monster-wave riders.
"I'm just ordinary Pete. Things like this don't happen to people like me. But Ross was incredible. He's a cool dude."