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The science behind Cape Fear
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Of the world's biggest chargers
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A deadly slab, right on Sydney's doorstep
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Red Bull Cape Fear champion
What is Red Bull Cape Fear?
Cape Fear. The name says it all. And for the uninitiated, it's a deadly wave break in Sydney, Australia that is even more daunting than it sounds.

In the very bay where Captain Cook landed and settled in Australia more than two hundred years ago, Cape Fear has been the site of many a wreck - both man and craft - over the years.

An angry Pacific Ocean stirs and jerks like a mad witch's melting pot, pushing into the bay before pitching furiously on a shallow ledge so sharp is has the Gillette scientists baffled. Within a matter of seconds a 10-foot slab is formed and races towards a cliff-face just metres ahead before imploding on itself and anyone who dares attempt ride it.

"Pound for pound, Cape Fear is the heaviest and most dangerous wave in the world," says big wave surfer and one of the brains behind the concept, Mark Mathews.

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The Format
  • 16 surfers
  • 8 head-to-head battles
  • 4 surfers in the water at all times (2 contesting a 30-minute paddle-in element and 2 in a 30-minute tow-in element)
  • Surfers will be judged by wave size and difficulty, with their best four scoring waves (two tow-in, two paddle) combining for their total heat score
  • Each battle crowns a winner, and the 4 highest placed winners will progress through to the final
  • The highest placed surfer at the end of the final will be crowned the inaugural Red Bull Cape Fear champion
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