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20 foot waves put Red Bull Big Wave Africa on Amber Alert

Thomas snaps a peach : photo courtesy Red Bull BWA

Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2005

Surfing South Africa (SSA) Speciality event
Dungeons, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
22 May – 12 June 2005

Red Bull BWA on Amber Alert

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 31 May 2005: - -
A fast approaching weather system generating strong winds and huge five to six metre (15 – 20 foot) waves has been predicted for Cape Town for the next two days prompting the organisers of the 2005 Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing event to put the 14 invited athletes on Amber Alert for the possible running of the contest on Wednesday. 

The wind is forecast to drop off during the day and with arguably the best field of specialist big wave surfers in Cape Town for the seventh edition of the event, everyone involved is keen to get out in some sizeable Cape surf and crown another Red Bull BWA champion. 

Contest director Gary Linden will be on the Sentinel Mountain at first light on Wednesday in order to visually check the conditions. He and Cape Town big wave legend Jonathan Paarman, who will do a close-up check on the break from an inflatable boat, will be hoping for the wind to weaken early enough in the day to make a decision on whether to give the event the ‘Green for Go’ status. 

While the invitees have been enjoying excellent surf all over the Peninsula since the three week waiting period stated last Sunday (May 22), the swell has not been large enough to surf at Dungeons, the deep-water reef outside Hout Bay that produces the biggest rideable waves on the African continent. 

Dungeons does not start breaking until the swell is over three metres (10 foot) but the contest is only given the green light when the swell is consistently five metres (15 foot) or more in height and producing wave faces taller than a three story building.  

The event requires three hours of competition to determine the winner with the top three competitors in each of the two one-hour semis advancing to the 60 minute final, which will be held approximately half an hour after the second semi is completed. The champion is then announced back on the quayside in Hout Bay harbour.

The two heats for round one are made up as follows: 

Heat One:
John Whittle               RSA
Carlos Burle               BRZ
Jason Ribbink           RSA
Darryl Virostko          USA
Chris Bertish              RSA
Anthony Tashnick      USA
Andrew Marr              RSA

Heat Two:
Greg Long                 USA
Grant Baker               RSA
Jamie Sterling           HAW
Sean Holmes            RSA
Ross Clarke-Jones   AUS
Mickey Duffus            RSA
Grant Washburn        USA

For further information on the event, how to watch, profiles on the invitees and daily updates, images, video clips and much more please visit the website. at

Previous reports:
# 1 : Red Bull Big Wave Africa getting into gear for 2005 event
# 2 : Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2005 website up and alive today
# 3 : Window period opens for 2005 Red Bull Big Wave Africa
# 4 : Coming soon

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Taryn Cheadle

Life's a Beach Communications

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