If you are prepared to throw yourself down some of the worlds biggest and scariest waves, you need to have a fair amount of confidence in your own abilities and fitness. The Red Bull Cape Fear is one of those waves where being at the top of your game is absolutely essential and Mark Mathews has revealed some of the training methods he undergoes to prepare to take on, what he considers to be the heaviest wave in the world.
Mark has enlisted the help of Nam Baldwin, to mentally and physically prepare himself for the hold-downs he fully expects to endure at Cape Solander when the Cape Fear event finally gets underway. Although a hold down at the slab in Sydney may only last 10 seconds, the added fear of being smashed into the cliff or bounced off the bottom can make it feel like a 30 second washing mashing cycle.
To prepare for this kind of beating one of the things Mark and Nam have been practising is underwater wrestling. As we all know, a wipeout can twist and contort you in all directions and even when you think it is over, the wave can grab you again and hold you under for even longer. The wrestling simulates exactly that and means you have to fight your way to the surface and the air you so desperately need. You will notice Mark also wears his leash, meaning Nam can also grab hold of it and simulate it becoming snagged on a rock and forcing Mark to practice releasing his leg rope.
The video of Mark in training is embedded below this article and for more information on the Red Bull Cape Fear event head over to the official website. The Red Bull Cape Fear waiting period is currently open and will run until the 1st of August, all we need now is the 4-metre swell for the event to get underway. Why not let us know what training methods do you use to prepare for your surfing adventures?