FIJI on Friday probably will not get this big but everyone is amping, down here the Saffa boys were disappointed that it wasn't bigger. But even at this size Dungeons' shifty nature can easily catch the experienced unawares.
Author: Jeremy Johnson
Dungeons came to life for the first time this winter and all the usual suspects were out there to take advantage. Even though the swell was not as big as we were all hoping for, it was still a great day of big wave surfing, a perfect excuse to get the skis back on the water and for all the guys and girl to get out there in amongst it.
Besides from the usual faces in the line up, Caitlin Moir joined the boys and became the first South African girl to catch a proper wave at Dungeons! It was awesome to see her sit amongst the boys and get herself some big waves. She has had a few attempts in the past, both at Dungeons and Sunset and has ended up paying the band on more than one occasion. It was great to see perseverance and hard work pay off.
Before dawn I had a moment alone on the mountain, waiting for the first sign of life on the reef and was quickly joined by Twiggy, Kate, Ant Fox and Andrew 'Roosta' Langa. After watching a few sets we decided it was time to get out there, so we headed down to the harbour and launched the jetskis. Alan van Gysen and my new tow partner Matt Bromley joined me on my jetski; before we knew it we were ridding some amazing 12 to 15 ft waves.
After a while the teams from Kommetjie (near Sunset Reef) arrived and we all had a great day of big waves with some of the guys surfing until sunset and just making it back in time before lights out.
Dungeons once again proved how hard it is to surf, with shifty peaks and long steamtrain closeouts. But at the end of the day any wave you catch at Dungeons is a good big wave and it makes a lot of the other big wave breaks around the world look easy.
© Alan van Gysen