After what seems like an eternity, the Red Bull Cape Fear Surf Comp has finally been played out at the heavy and brutal Surf spot, Ours. The swell wasn’t as big as the organisers had hoped for but that didn’t mean there weren’t heavy wipeouts and big slabby barrels to be enjoyed.
With very little fanfare the Cape Fear event was held over the last couple of days at Cape Solander in 6-8 foot Surf and the evil slab break served up a fantastic spectacle for the watching world. Luckily for anyone that this event passed by, the full live webcast video is available to watch and can be found below this article. It was decided by the organisers because the Surf was smaller than hoped for, the contestants would have to paddle all the waves and there would be no towing in.
There were some brave battles fought out as the Surfers took on the Cape Fear wave including Ryan Hipwood vs Jamie O’Brien in the first heat and Shane Dorian and Mark Matthews, who fought it out with Matthews even carrying a back injury sustained a few days before the Cape Fear comp. The 2014 Red Bull Cape Fear was eventually won by local boy Mark Matthews and for his efforts carried away the trophy and the winners cheque. Even the renowned Skimboarder Brad Domke showed up to demonstrate his insane skills on the frightful wave and towed into some beasts to the delights of the watching crowds.
All the thrills, spills, wipeouts and rock washings can be seen in the video below and further information on the event can be seen at the official Red Bull Cape Fear site. For now, all we have to say is that we are looking forward to watching the 2015 Cape Fear Surf Comp and expect next years event to play out to a much bigger audience and with more fanfare. Although this event was decided to be held as paddle only, do you like the idea of the tow and paddle comp format and do you think it should be adopted at other Surf spots around the world?