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posted by Kate McCart

After many months of anticipation and excitement, the call has been made to hold the Red Bull Cape Fear competition this Sunday, the 31st August. As the waiting period comes to an end, local hero and big wave charger Mark Mathews officially made the call to hold the competition this weekend, as a big swell is forecast to hit the rock shelf at the break on Sydney’s southern wave, known as ‘Ours’.ShortyThe wave, which sits off the edge of Botany Bay in Sydney, will see a 8-10 foot swell unload on its rock shelf bottom over the weekend, perfect for the Cape Fear competition. The event hosted by Red Bull invites 14 of the worlds best big wave chargers to take on the wave of Cape Fear. The wave has a sharp rock and reef bottom and breaks only meters away from a cliff face adding to the danger and intensity, aspects that these guys are all well aware of.

“There’s no wave in the world from six to 10 feet that is heavier or more dangerous” Mathews says. “Deep water swell pitch on a super shallow ledge that’s covered with razorblade barnacles and then it breaks only 10-15 metres from the cliff face. If you fall off and don’t hit the bottom, chances are you’re going to get washed in to that cliff face. There are plenty of dangers and only few willing to navigate them.CapefearThe competing surfers will battle the reef break in two formats. Tow-in assistance from a jet-ski will be one element of competition, while paddle in is another. With only 1 day of competition, will it be the local lads who prove who’s boss? Or an international name? Only time will tell!

The wave itself only comes to life three or four time a year, making the event just a little more special for spectators and surfers alike. As the call has now been made, the invited surfers from around the globe will descend on Sydney’s southern beaches for a chance to ride some of the heaviest waves in the world. Some popular names include Jamie O’Brien, Ryan Hipwood, Bruce Irons and a collection of local surfers, including Bra Boy Koby Abberton.

After all that excitement at the Billabong Pro Tahiti over the past week, it’s time for Australia to once again prove how good our waves are! Stay up to date with the Red Bull Cape Fear competition here on the SurfStitch Blog to ensure you miss none of the action!