All Systems Go: Red Bull Cape Fear Given Green Light

4 Jun 2016 5

RED BULL CAPE FEAR | Partner Event

Update, Saturday 4 June 2016 1pm

The entire east coast of Australia is battened down today as wild woolly weather causes havoc with gale forced winds, torrential rain,and dangerous surf. But as you stay warm and dry at home Red Bull Cape Fear competitors are flying into Sydney from all around the world in anticipation of the world's heaviest surfing events. The call has been made today by Australia's most renowned big wave chargers, Mark Mathews that the event will be run on Monday 6th June from 11am. - see full forecast here.

SEE ALSO: Freak NE Storm Inbound On East Coast

Despite earlier forecasts that this swell would be too northerly for the unique slab to hold up, updated wind and swell information has lead the team to make the call. “This is the best forecast I have seen since 2001, we are going to be in for a crazy event if all plays out as predicted.” Said Mark Mathews.

Solid swells and perfect winds predicted this one-of-a-kind surf contest is sure to gain worldwide attention as competitors go head to head in a unique format that includes both paddle-in and tow-in surfing at Sydney’s Cape Fear. As part of the competition, 16 of the world’s most fearless surfers will take to the wild waters in 8, one-on-one, winner takes all battles. These surfers will not only be battling each other, they’ll be out in the water, on the edge of Botany Bay taking off on what Mathews’ describes as, pound for pound, “the heaviest and most dangerous wave in the world.”

Watch the swell move in on the COASTALWATCH WAVE TRACKER.

*Due to safety reasons, Red Bull Cape Fear 2016 will be closed to spectators, however, the event will be broadcast LIVE right here on COASTALWATCH and at redbull.tv. Ensuring safety is always the event’s number one priority; the site does not allow organisers to safely accommodate large crowds, while also protecting the integrity of the environment. All other areas of the National Park will remain open for visitors.

ABOUT RED BULL CAPE FEAR COMPETITION FORMAT

  • 16 surfers
  • 8 head-to-head battles
  • 4 surfers in the water at all times (2 contesting a 30-minute paddle-in element and 2 in a 30-minute tow-in element)
  • Each battle crowns a winner, and the 4 highest placed winners will progress through to the final
  • The highest placed surfer at the end of the final will be crowned the Red Bull Cape Fear Champion

ROUND ONE BATTLES

Justin Allport (Aus) v Jesse Polock (Aus) 
Blake Thornton (Aus) v James "Rooster" Adams (Aus) 
Riley Laing (AUS) v Russell Bierke (Aus) 
Richie Vaculik (Aus) V Evan Faulks (Aus) 
Koby Abberton (Aus) v Dean Morrison (Aus)
Jai Abberton (Aus)) v Kirk Flintoff (Aus)
Andrew Mooney (AUS) v Perth Standlick (AUS)
Ryan Hipwood (Aus) v Laurie Towner (Aus)

TOW VS PADDLE SURFING

Paddle-in: The traditional act of using one’s arms while lying face down on a surfboard to propel the surfer forward and into the wave before attempting to stand-up. The slower-moving the wave is, the easier it is to paddle in to.

Tow-in: A little like wake-boarding, the surfer is given a tow rope attached to a jet-ski and pulled to his feet outside the breaking zone. The jet-ski operator, or tow-in partner, then tows the already-standing surfer at speed into the next wave where the surfer lets go of the rope and attempts to ride the wave. The quicker the wave the more speed the jet-ski requires to whip the rider in safely. The major benefit of the tow-in is it allows surfers to ride much bigger waves.

2016 competitor Ryan Hipwood in action at the 2014 event, Photo by Red Bull Content Pool

2016 competitor Ryan Hipwood in action at the 2014 event, Photo by Red Bull Content Pool


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