The RedBull Cape Fear Challenge is ready to go as soon as an appropriate swell can present itself, so when waves of this magnitude head in Sydney's direction, Botany Bay starts to reek of excitement. Lows off the Tasman Sea, responsible for a particular swell in early July, were agonisingly close to kicking off the event, and although the event remained on hold, the swell proved to be enough to create one of the standout sessions of the winter so far.
Words by Ben Horvath. Photos and video by Southwave and The Perfect Wave.
Thursday morning July 10, 2014 will be remembered as the one of the best days so far this winter in Sydney. A super clean, long period ESE groundswell peaked in the 5-6ft range. Sunshine and crisp, offshore Westerly winds rounded out the ideal combination of conditions, producing hollow drainers at Cape Solander. If it was 2ft bigger Mark Mathews would have been tempted to push the go button on his Red Bull Cape Fear invitational.
As it turned out a mental session went down at Solander anyway. Some of Australia’s best underground slab hunters were out charging. Crew like Mark Mathews, Richie Vass, Jai Abberton, Dom Wills, Justin Allport, Caleb Mclean, Ignacio Salazar, Kip Caddy, Clint Kimmins, Bones Dwyer, Sam McIntosh scored countless, intense 5-6ft kegs.
The ideal offshore westerly airflow continued on Friday. Whilst Thursday’s E swell had eased overnight, a fresh round of 3-5ft South swell combined with the E remnants to deliver some tasty wedges on most of Sydney’s beach breaks. Whilst the northern beaches were better on Thursday, Cronulla on Sydney’s Southside delivered some reef pipes and some hollow beach breaks on Friday.