Cape Fear: Done And Dusted
While it was not the swell or conditions we had been anticipating, Red Bull Cape Fear at the infamous ‘Ours’ break in Sydney went ahead in 4-6 foot conditions on Sunday. The invite-only competition saw 16 of the world’s best big wave surfers take on one of the heaviest waves in the world. Each battle was man-on-man, with the winner of every 40-minute event taking home a cool $10,000 (not too bad for getting barreled a few times and sharing the break with only one other fellow surfer!) Then again, some of us would be asking for a lot more to face off with those heavy right-handers that break onto a barnacle infested rock slab in only a few feet of water! After months of waiting, Contest Director and Cape Fear competitor, Mark Mathews made the call for the competition to be held on Sunday, which just happened to be the very last day of the already extended waiting period. With huge swells hitting the break on the Saturday, it was unfortunate they didn’t hang around. Despite the lack of the 10-12 foot swell the competitors were hoping for, there was no shortage of barrels and wipe-outs.It was an Australian clean sweep over the American competitors with Richie Vas, Kirk Flintoff, Koby Abberton and Jesse Polock claiming victories at their local break. Laurie Towner and Dean Morrison also proved unstoppable at the grinding right-hander slab.
One of the more memorable moments was Koby Abberton taking a fall on the rocks before entering the water. He was swept off the shelf and into the water in front of the audience, judges and other fellow surfers. The comic embarrassment was soon laughed off and he cruised to victory over good friend, Bruce Irons.
Abberton aside, there were plenty more positive highlights throughout the day. Ryan ‘Hippo’ Hipwood’s opening wave was without a doubt one of the best. Jamie O’Brien also pushed the boundaries by taking off switch foot – something he is known for at his home break at Pipeline.
We are excited to see the Cape Fear competition return next year with the same group of big name surfers and hopefully some new faces too! We’re already praying for bigger swells, so the full potential of Cape Fear can be experienced by all!