Slumbering Dungeons Erupts at Season Opener

Jeremy Johnson

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Updated 136d ago

It has been a very slow last few years for big waves in and around Cape Town, South Africa. So with the promise of a 3.5 metre @17 second swell, with very light winds, everyone was excited for an early start to the winter season.

The boys were on it early with Twiggy and Ant Fox launching at first light followed by myself and our safety driver for the day Murray Willcocks. It was Murray's first day running safety out at Dungeons and he did a great job.

Jeremy Johnson was out at first light and waited more than three hours for this wave - traffic is a given.

Jeremy Johnson was out at first light and waited more than three hours for this wave - traffic is a given.

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The conditions at Dungeons were perfect and glassy with no wind to speak of and a beautiful big ground swell barrelling across the reef. It has been a long time since we saw Dungeons like this and all the boys were keen to make the most of it, which they did in style. Our very own Big Wave World Champion for the second time, Twiggy, was joined by a strong local crew and a few new faces.

Josh Redman gets clamped in a Dungeons vice.

Josh Redman gets clamped in a Dungeons vice.

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It was your typical day out at Dungeons, big waves, closeout sets, heavy wipeouts, broken boards and leashes. Some of the new guys put themselves in the spot and caught amazing waves, while the more experienced local crew waited it out and were rewarded for their efforts with some great waves of their own.

Of the swell, magicseaweed's head forecaster Ben Freeston said: ''While swells in the 30ft range are a southern hemi norm, this one ticked the boxes by positioning itself in the goldilocks range from the coast; not so close as to bring disruptive local winds but close enough that it didn’t lose too much size before the reef. Not an all-time swell but a great starter for a season.''

3.5metres @ 17 seconds was the call. As you can see the swell pulse into South Africa.

3.5metres @ 17 seconds was the call. As you can see the swell pulse into South Africa.

At the end of the day, fun was had by all and there was the usual great vibe afterwards with the boys sharing stories over a few cold beers. Is this the winter that we have all been waiting for? Let's hope so, only time will tell.

Twiggy, big wave world champ, South African native, Dungeons extraordinaire.

Twiggy, big wave world champ, South African native, Dungeons extraordinaire.

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Mike Schlebach is always a stand out.

Mike Schlebach is always a stand out.

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Observing from the channel makes for a dramatic day.

Observing from the channel makes for a dramatic day.

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Twiggy takes a swing.

Twiggy takes a swing.

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With that long period swell, there was not shortage of barrels.

With that long period swell, there was not shortage of barrels.

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Simon Lowe on an amazing looking wave from way out the back.

Simon Lowe on an amazing looking wave from way out the back.

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It was Adrien Toyon's first surf out at Dungeons, making the long flight over from Reunion to South Africa.

It was Adrien Toyon's first surf out at Dungeons, making the long flight over from Reunion to South Africa.

© 2017 - Steve Benjamin/Animal Ocean

© 2017 - Steve Benjamin/Animal Ocean

© 2017 - Steve Benjamin/Animal Ocean

Josh Redman.

Josh Redman.

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© 2017 - Steve Benjamin/Animal Ocean

Jake Kolnick had a great day out at Dungeons, here he is trying to outrun a mountain of white water.

Jake Kolnick had a great day out at Dungeons, here he is trying to outrun a mountain of white water.

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The line up was crowded at times, here the boys are having some fun and sharing a smaller one.

The line up was crowded at times, here the boys are having some fun and sharing a smaller one.

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This was Clive Ferreira's first proper day out at Dungeons, he caught some great waves, he also spent a lot of time under water, as you do.

This was Clive Ferreira's first proper day out at Dungeons, he caught some great waves, he also spent a lot of time under water, as you do.

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Twiggy and Greg Long always seem to be in the perfect spot out there.

Twiggy and Greg Long always seem to be in the perfect spot out there.

© 2017 - Steve Benjamin/Animal Ocean

© 2017 - Steve Benjamin/Animal Ocean

The boys getting ready for a huge day in the early morning light.

The boys getting ready for a huge day in the early morning light.

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