Cape Fear event sees surfers chase monster waves

Cape Fear event sees surfers chase monster waves

first_imgThe event was organised at the last minute on Sunday night after swell forecasters anticipated huge, rideable waves at Cape Solander, on the southern side of Sydney’s Botany Bay.Sixteen surfers were invited to take part in the event which featured waves of more than six metres breaking closing to rocks.Two hour-long heats, featuring four surfers in each, were held before conditions became too dangerous to continue on the dropping tide.Few clean waves were ridden with several of the competitors suffering heavy wipeouts. Renowned big-wave rider Justen Allport, from the New South Wales Central Coast, suffered a gash to the head and an injured neck while the rest of the field miraculously escaped unscathed.Allport was taken to hospital for further assessment.Former world tour surfer Blake Thornton managed a clean ride as well as suffering a few wipeouts.”I think everyone in the event would agree this is the biggest the Cape has ever been surfed,” Thornton said.”Even though I got absolutely smashed, at the end of the battle it’s going to be a surf I remember for a long time, with one great wave and one of the worst wipeouts I’ve ever had.”Allport is leading the event from Russell Bierke and Evan Faulks.Surfing commentator and former world champion Mark Occhilupo, who grew up in the Botany Bay area, said the waves ridden on Monday were the most dangerous to have been surfed at the spot also known as “Ours”.With two heats still to be contested, Cape Fear event organisers are hopeful of completing the contest on Tuesday. The event is closed to spectators due to safety concerns.last_img

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