Red Bull Cape Fear, The Thrills & Spills

14 Apr 2016 0

RED BULL CAPE FEAR | Coastalwatch Media Partner 

The seasonal outlook is in and the one-of-a-kind, invitation-only surf event is ready to go. The slamming waves of Cape Solander could be ready to take their next 16 victims.

And for now, we wait. Between the start of April and 31 August 2016, Red Bull Cape Fear will be called on when the most optimal swell of the big wave season turns up to party.

Big wave surfer, 2016 WSL Big Wave Award nominee and Red Bull Cape Fear Contest Director, Mark Mathews said, “Everything is ready to go. Now it’s all up to Mother Nature to do her thing. I’ll be glued to the weather forecast with my fingers crossed for the next few months!” 

THE SWELL WISHLIST (See the full of the seasonal outlook here)

  • Minimum wave height 3 to 4 metres – ideally bigger.
  • The swell must be from an ESE or SE swell direction bounded by 100 to 145 degrees. Swells inbound from the ENE or NE are partially shadowed by an adjacent headland, resulting in inconsistent sets and a less-makeable tubes. Conversely, swells arriving out of the SSE or S interact with another reef further south. They tend to wash across the reef, producing shorter rides with lower chances for tubes.
  • We’re not interested in windswells. Peak wave period has to be up above 10 seconds – ideally in the 12 to 16-second band. Longer peak intervals produce better-organised sets and interact with the ledge to form the big, open tubes the place is renowned for.
  • The final ingredient is westerly quarter winds; ideally blowing light W to SW. Any NW will put a treacherous chop on the wave face that can turn a perfect barrel into your worst nightmare.

COMPETITION FORMAT

  • 6 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

INVITED SURFERS (more to come)

  • Mark Mathews
  • Ryan Hipwood
  • Russell Bierke
  • Makua Rothman
  • Laurie Towner
  • Kirk Flintoff
  • Jesse Polock
  • Evan Faulks
  • Dean Morrison
  • Albee Layer

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