18-Year-Old Russell Bierke Wins 2016 Red Bull Cape Fear

7 Jun 2016 1

Sally Mac

Coastalwatch Digital Editor

Russell Bierke wins Red Bull Cape Fear

Russell Bierke wins Red Bull Cape Fear

RED BULL CAPE FEAR | Partner Event

CONGRATULATIONS RUSSELL BIERKE!

The waves were black as black and thundered a solemn, deep rumble on approach to the furthest point on the southern Sydney heads. Cape Solander lit up after 48 hours of solid rainfall, wind and coastal erosion. Day one on Monday 6 June, lay down some of the most insane slabbing waves ever surfed in an event. The intensity was next level as surfers, families, friends the media bit their nails down. 16 surfers getting tossed and thrashed and slammed over 2-foot of water onto a rock shelf. 

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Russell Bierke caught just two amazing waves on day one but they were enough to secure his place into the second round on day two and the final that he set on FIRE!

"Yesterday was really, really scary, just mind-blowing. I'm glad everyone survived and got some bombs." Said Bierke. "Everyone here has made this the best surf event ever. Mark, the safety team, production - thank you. I was stoked to have my family here, it didn't feel like a contest because everyone was so stoked out there. It was just a dream. My 10-was crazy, I was glad it held up...it was the best view ever."

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"When he could only just stand up he was surfing over the tidepools. I'm extremely proud of him and everyone else for surviving this event." Russ's mum Leane Bierke said from the sidelines. 

Russ does what he wants to do and always has. He just likes pushing the envelopes... We'll just see what happens next." Kirk Bierke, Russ's Dad, big wave surfer, and shaper said.

Contest Director and big wave surfer Mark Mathews breathed a sigh of relief as Bierke and the three other finalists, Ryan Hipwood (2014 winner), Kobi Abberton and James Adams made their way back across the rock shelf of the bluff and up to the safety of the event site. "To finish it off like this was amazing, the was one of the craziest surf events in history."

Thank you Mark Mathews, for pushing this incredible event through. 

TO RE-WATCH THE EVENT CLICK HERE.

Kobi Abberton found his momentum in the final making the deadly wave look easy, Photo by Matt Dunbar / Red Bull

Kobi Abberton found his momentum in the final making the deadly wave look easy, Photo by Matt Dunbar / Red Bull

Justin 'Jughead' Allport at the Red Bull Cape Fear event, Photo by Ed Sloan / Red Bull

Justin 'Jughead' Allport at the Red Bull Cape Fear event, Photo by Ed Sloan / Red Bull

Jesse Pollock nearly below sea-level, Photo by Sloan / Red Bull

Jesse Pollock nearly below sea-level, Photo by Sloan / Red Bull

Champion Russell Bierke in the dark hollows, Photo by Sloan / Red Bull

Champion Russell Bierke in the dark hollows, Photo by Sloan / Red Bull

Riley Laing bails out, Photo by Brett Hemmings / Red Bull

Riley Laing bails out, Photo by Brett Hemmings / Red Bull


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