Behind The Decision To Run The World's Craziest Surf Event

12 Jun 2016 2 Share

RED BULL CAPE FEAR | Interview

On Tuesday, last week 18-year-old Ulladulla local Russell Bierke (pronounced bee-yurk-ee), made his way to Cape Solander to compete in the finals of the Red Bull Cape Fear event. The heaviest and darkest waves were breaking on top of a solid rock shelf reef, creating monstrously undescribable mutation of water. Some were rideable; some were barrels, and some were their own mutations of sea water. 

SEE ALSO: Re-Watch Red Bull Cape Fear Here!

The surfing that as witnessed over those two days was nothing short of headline-grabbing, yet so few news agencies ran it. People were calling it the craziest and best surf event ever, but not publicly. If you saw those guys take on that wave, especially on Monday, you'd agree.

In the end, it was Bierke who took down, legend Kobi Abberton, James Laing and Ryan Hipwood in some of the heaviest waves surfed at the infamous surf spot. 

"Bierke is a child prodigy, straight after his father, (shaper and big wave surfer Kirk Bierke) who always rocked the Hawaiian outer reefs in Hawaii.", Said big wave surfer, Hawaiian lifeguard, and Cape Fear commentator Dave Wassell, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, that's for sure. He's already taken the sport next level; Hawaii, Australia, Tahiti, Fiji – The kid's on fire." 

SEE ALSO: Russell Bierke & Mark Mathews in 'Master & Apprentice'

After decompressing the event on Thursday, it's hard to imagine the kind of mindset it takes to commit to drop-in on the heaviest waves in the world in one of the craziest swells of the decade in Sydney. Some call him the axe-murderer for his confusingly calm demeanor verse, his incomprehensible approach to death-defying waves. Bierke talks us through the event, what it meant to surf against the best big wave surfers in the world and how the sport will progress thanks to the support of Red Bull. 

Russell Bierke owns Cape Fear, Photo by ROD OWEN

Russell Bierke owns Cape Fear, Photo by ROD OWEN

Down the throat of Cape Fear, Photo by ROD OWEN

Down the throat of Cape Fear, Photo by ROD OWEN

Over and out, the 2016 champion, Photo by ROD OWEN

Over and out, the 2016 champion, Photo by ROD OWEN

The depths of Monday, Photo by Ed Sloane / Red Bull

The depths of Monday, Photo by Ed Sloane / Red Bull

Tags: video , russell , bierke , redbull , cape , fear (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Best of the Web
Kai Hing Surfing on the Gold Coast

Kai Hing Surfing on the Gold Coast

Short and sharp summer shredding

13 Feb 2019
Ryan Callinan, Jack Freestone, Ethan Ewing and Seth Moniz Shred Mysto Pointbreak

Ryan Callinan, Jack Freestone, Ethan Ewing and Seth Moniz Shred Mysto Pointbreak

A beautiful right point on an epic little surf trip

8 Feb 2019
Mick Signs With Rip Curl For Another Ten Years

Mick Signs With Rip Curl For Another Ten Years

That'll make it 30 all up for the 3x World Champ and Rippy

7 Feb 2019
Recent

Ryan Callinan, Jack Freestone, Ethan Ewing and Seth Moniz Shred Mysto Pointbreak

A beautiful right point on an epic little surf trip

8 Feb 2019
Mick Signs With Rip Curl For Another Ten Years

Mick Signs With Rip Curl For Another Ten Years

7 Feb 2019
Jack Robbo Just Won The Volcom Pipe Pro!

Jack Robbo Just Won The Volcom Pipe Pro!

1 6 Feb 2019
Asher Pacey Gets Lots of Sandy Righthand Tubes In One Session

Asher Pacey Gets Lots of Sandy Righthand Tubes In One Session

2 4 Feb 2019
Pipe Has Been Really Good This January

Pipe Has Been Really Good This January

1 30 Jan 2019
Latest News

Mick Signs With Rip Curl For Another Ten Years

That'll make it 30 all up for the 3x World Champ and Rippy

Jack Robbo Just Won The Volcom Pipe Pro!

Is 2019 the year he finally qualifies for the CT?

Pipe Has Been Really Good This January

Watch this corker clip of Pipe bomb after Pipe bomb!

Popular This Week

Swell Alert: TC Oma Is Heading Our Way

Tropical Cyclone Oma is going to deliver, but will it be epic, or just way out of control?

Byron Bay Shark Attack: There was a big chunk taken out of his leg...

Byron beaches closed after 41 year old man airlifted to hospital.

Is This Surfing's Most Important Skill?

Maybe! And it's not even that hard.

Go to Top