Red Bull Big Wave Africa eyeing final swell of wait period
Red Bull Big Wave Africa
Dungeons, Hout Bay Cape Town South Africa
1 June - 31 August 2007
Red Bull Big Wave Africa - monitoring final swell of the waiting period
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 August, 2007 : - - Hout Bay - As we hit the final week of Red Bull Big Wave Africa's waiting period, there is one more big storm starting to show up on the swell models for early next week. At this stage the storm is still too far away to make a call but with just over a week remaining, organisers are hoping for the weather patterns to settle and produce the contest conditions required to run the event.
While the swells have been hitting the Cape Peninsula with regularity this whole winter, they have been accompanied by fierce frontal conditions that have made the towering waves at Dungeons ragged and unruly, and have made the whole big wave arena unplayable. At this stage the final front is looking like it has a similar setup, but with the weather systems shifting slightly more towards a summer pattern it is possible that these conditions might morph from the fierce into the sublime by the end of next week.
Both local and international competitors are all baying for an event, and are ready for a chance to compete at Dungeons after their long winter's training period. The two contest directors, Johnny Paarman and Gary Linden, have the unenviable task of being the voices of reason amongst the sometimes heightened emotions and needs of the world's best big wave surfers, but for now they are tracking the swell and keeping the event on hold.
It wouldn't be the first time that Dungeons has teased us all season before properly standing to attention at the end of the waiting period. If you've registered on the website www.redbullbwa.com you'll be the first to know via sms if the event moves to green light status.
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