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An unforgiving slab, right on Sydney's doorstep
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What is Red Bull Cape Fear?
Cape Fear. The name says it all. And for the uninitiated, it's an unforgiving 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.

The Format
  • 20 surfers
  • Four, one-hour heats with five surfers
  • 15 wave maximum per surfer. Single highest paddle and single highest tow wave will count for each surfer’s total heat score
  • Overlapping heat format will vary between paddle and tow, whereby surfers will adhere to a priority system that will allow all surfers to catch both paddle and tow waves
  • Each heat will crown a winner, and the 4 highest placed winners will progressthrough to the final
  • The highest placed surfer at the end of the final will be crowned the inaugural Red Bull Cape Fear champion

*Event format is subject to change based on wave quality, size and conditions.