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

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