The ASP Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) has placed the Dungeons Challenge in South Africa on Yellow Alert with a projected deep-water swell heading towards the region. Event organisers are closely following a system travelling towards Cape Town. The ASP will issue a Green Alert 72 hours prior to commencement if the call is made to run the event.
At this stage the fate for the Dungeons Challenge is somewhat unsettled, as our forecaster Francisco Silva explains.
“We have been tracking the storm that made ASP place the Dungeons Challenge in South Africa on Yellow Alert since the beginning of the week now. It never showed clear evidence that it could generate a irrefutable candidate swell to run the event, but there was a chance that it could evolve positively. At this stage, looking at the 10ft@16secs, it should peak on Tuesday and looking at possible strong wind conditions, this scenario is likely to not occur.”
We are just taking it easy and enjoying the excitement of a close event call. It's amazing for us down in South Africa and we really want to get this event going but at the same time we need to do the sport and Dungeons justice and show the world what she's capable of when firing."
Local big wave surfer and current reigning big wave World Champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker has his fingers tightly crossed in the hope that the competition will be able to go ahead.
“We are just taking it easy and enjoying the excitement of a close event call,” he says. “It’s amazing for us down in South Africa and we really want to get this event going but at the same time we need to do the sport and Dungeons justice and show the world what she’s capable of when firing.”
The good news is that it seems the South Atlantic will also light up during next week. "The long range data now shows a big storm that at this moment shows very good conditions to send a solid swell towards South Africa," Francisco further explains. "We will continue to monitoring this and will update this forecast once we have some relevant information.”
We will of course, continue to monitor both of the storms closely as they approach the southern Cape and will update the outlook as soon as the forecast stabilises.
With just under three weeks remaining the Southern Hemisphere window, which began on April 15, has completed one event so far, the Billabong Pico Alto in Peru, with two remaining event options in Chile and South Africa.
“We are starting to see some storm activity that we are getting excited about,” said BWWT Commissioner Peter Mel. “With only a couple of weeks left in the waiting period these are positive times and it would be great to finish the Southern Hemisphere leg with a bang.”
The 2014/2015 BWWT season is divided into Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere components hosting three possible events within each. With just under three weeks remaining the Southern Hemisphere window, which began on April 15 and runs until August 31, 2014 has completed one event so far, the Billabong Pico Alto in Peru, and has two remaining event options in Chile and South Africa. The Northern Hemisphere window runs from October 15, 2014 to February 28, 2015 with event options in Mexico, the Basque Region of Spain, and Maui.
The first event of the 2014/2015 ASP BWWT season, the Billabong Pico Alto, ran on Thursday, July 3, 2014 and saw Hawaiian Makua Rothman (HAW) claim his first ASP BWWT victory. The ASP wildcard defeated reigning World Champion, Twiggy on route to victory, announcing himself as a major threat on the BWWT.