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Red Bull tags Hawaiian contingent for Cape Fear project

Jamie O'Brien, Hawaii © Red Bull



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Bruce Irons, Jamie O’Brien, Makua Rothman on board for Oz slab

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 May, 2014 - Legendary big wave riders Shane Dorian, Bruce Irons, Jamie O’Brien, Makua Rothman and Alex Gray have conquered Hawaii but taming Cape Fear is a new challenge all together.

Botany Bay may have been made famous by the first landing of Captain Cook way back in 1770, but the deadly break that hides inside it took almost 200 years to discover. Bodysurfers first tasted the punishing 10-foot slabs on offer during the 1960s as surfers – including world champion Mark Occhilupo – watched on in awe and thought the wave, then known as Pikers Hole, impossible to surf.

Come the 1990s and with no record and only rumours of the wave being surfed, bodyboarders claimed the break as their own before a ragtag bunch of kids from Sydney’s Maroubra Beach uncovered the best kept secret in Australian surfing and dared surf it.

First they attempted it at six-foot by paddle-in before calling in for jet-ski support to attempt the 10-foot monsters. Then, the true test of courage came in the form of a paddle-in challenge on giant waves that were previously only attempted my tow-in. Paddling in as max height has gone on to define the location and those who’ve survived it. It’s gone by many names over the year, from Pikers Hole to South Sydney Reef to Ours – the latter courtesy of local surf tribe the Bra Boys, who made the break popular courtesy of their 2007 cinematic documentary Bra Boys. But the one name that details the brutal break to perfection is Cape Fear.



Erica Valenti

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