Cape Fear Went Nuts, Taj Shaved Everyone's Heads, & The Funniest Surf Film of The Year – This Week In Surfing
Ten Things From Surfing & The Internet On The Week That Was June 10, 2016
Whoooo boy, if you didn't watch the Red Bull Cape Fear broadcast, I'm really sorry to tell you this, but you blew it. Like, really blew it. You blew it worse than that time I spilt a whole jug of cordial on Ewa Losinski at Grade 6 camp when I finally got to talk to her alone. Because save for a World Title race finishing at the Pipe Masters, the Red Bull Cape Fear event may just be the surf spectacle of 2016. This. Was. Sick. Equal parts entertaining and terrifying.
Dave Wassel and Occy in the commentary booth riding every bump and bruise, and a field of local mad men throwing themselves into quite serious danger. It was everything Mark Mathews could have envisioned (aside from not being injured and actually surfing in the event) when he came up with the concept, especially the minor fact that no-one was seriously injured, or dead. Yeah, that's the kind of event it was. Ours, sorry, Cape Fear, Cape Solander, whatever, is a mutant of a wave, and Red Bull Cape Fear had it at its most mutant.
The only bummer around the show was that the WSL reportedly kiboshed the prospect of any of their Big Wave World Tour competitors entering the event. The silver lining on that cloud being that it turned into a working class local line-up. And the winner being one of our rising stars of world class charging surfers in Russel Bierke was the cherry on top of a terrible metaphor. What a legend. Congrats to him. And congrats to every surfer who damn near killed themselves putting on a surf show the like we've never seen before, and may never see again.
SEE ALSO: What's The Surf Forecast This Weekend?
2. The Wipe-Outs of Cape Fear
And again! The event so nuts it deserves a second clip, this one for the wipe-outs. Which is your favourite hammering? You have to love Ryan Hipwood's body aerial bucked out of the tube like some kind of superhero spat out of an alien that just ate him (like in Men In Black, remember that movie? Classic.), but that's actually in the first clip.
So... has there been any swell around lately? Yeah? Ahh, I never heard about it. Weird. Actually, yeah, it was kind of sort of the hugest deal ever. Some people's pools even fell off their Sydney beach front properties. Whole pieces of their backyard were just completely washed away. Heartbreaking stuff. Stop eating your mi-goreng for a moment and picture for a second what it'd be like to have your million dollar beachfront property damaged? Don't think too long about it, that thought will ruin your weekend. We can only pray they didn't lose any of their Mark Tuckey furniture.
Anyway, here is a clip from Newcastle's Dixon Park. It was good.
4. Swell! Swell! Swell! – North Avalon Sky Angle
The drone angle takes a little bit of the size out of the perspective, but it is still an impressive combination of swell, sand bank and wind and no less beautiful. Nice clip to a building UNKLE track.
Speaking of Northern Beaches, the three World Champs who call that stretch of beaches and Liberal Party blue ribbon seats (it's an election year!) home, were out amongst it for this epic swell too. Damien Hardman, BL, and Tom Carroll are frothing like the eternal grommets they are. Are you enrolled?
6. And Did You See This Instagram?
And one last thing from this swell that just won't quit. Did you see this Instagram of Narrabeen from Champion Ruby surf photographer Mark Onorati? There's been a lot of good surf shots getting around on the computer-net since this swell arrived on the beaches of Australia's east coast, but is the best one so far. Surely. Can't wait to see what has been saved on the hard drives for the print pages of Surfing World and the like.
7. Oh Yeah, The Fiji Pro Started Too
Yikes, with all this action going on at home we almost forgot that the best comp of the year is underway. Rounds 1 and 2 have been run and Kelly Slater and Jordy Smith are looking like the surfers to watch so far. But what can you really tell from a Round 1 heat win? Then Round 2 finished and the swell dissipated for a string of lay days, leaving the world's elite surfers to twiddle their thumbs as they wait for the next swell on the islands of Tavarua and Namotu. Poor guys huh, must be so shit, hanging out on those islands. Drinking Coronas, playing basketball, celebrating Taj's last event. Bummer.
SEE ALSO: Sean Doherty On Cape Fiji
8. Shark! Our Old Mate Dan Was On The News
Daaaaaammmn Daniel! Our old work experience kid/intern/editorial grommet Daniel Caban went surfing at Caves Bech this week, took off on a wave, and got photobombed by a freaking breaching great white shark. Then he was on the front page of the Daily Telegraph, made news in England, and was interviewed on live television by the Today Show and The Project with his mate Nathan. Lads spoke well, didn't they? Good onya, Dan. Now go do a shop run for us.
9. Mason Ho Goes To Costa Rica
A brand new episode from Mason Ho's web series License To Chill sees him head to the dreamy, sand-bottom breaks of Costa Rica with his mate Burger and his lil sis Coco. And because it's a Mason Ho clip, they of course find some sweet-as wedges. Can you imagine how good it would be to a buddy of Mason's and to go on a family surf trip holiday with him and his sister? Sigh... On an unrelated note, have you ever fallen in love with one of your friends' siblings? Awkward, yeah?
10. Freezing – The Hilarious Brit Surf Comedy
"There’s a little left out there, it’s a bit choppy but it’s probably worth a paddle." How funny is comedy? Really funny when it's done this well. A 20 minute Iceland surf adventure, Freezing is the funniest surf film of the year, without a doubt. Side note: This is by the same British dudes who four years ago made the award wining mockumentary short The Shaper. Google that for a second helping of funny.
Bonus... Taj Burrow gave everyone the sickest haircuts
As said above, the poor guys on the WSL are stuck on tropical islands for a few lay days with nothing but beer, their best mates, and free time to keep them happy. Things are so bad that Taj even had to cut everyone on the island of Namotu's hair. Send help.
P.S. The caption to WSL rookie Ryan Callinan's black and white insta at the bottom there was, "My heroes!!!" Which brings a smile to my face.
And that was this week in surfing. Have a good weekend everyone. Long Live The Greatest!
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