Cape Fear Is On

Tune into the carnage streaming live from Ours

Look inviting? One trip over the falls near the razorback cliff at Ours might convince you otherwise. Photo: Owen
Look inviting? One trip over the falls near the razorback cliff at Ours might convince you otherwise. Mark Mathews, making it look easy. Photo: Owen

After a one-year skip, Red Bull’s standalone event at Ours, Botany Bay’s anvil of a slab, returns after getting the green light from contest organizer and mutant-wave savant Mark Mathews. “This is the best forecast I have seen since 2001,” said Mathews. “We are going to be in for a crazy event if all plays out as predicted.” Competitors had 48 hours to travel to Sydney, where they will now face off in an individual matchup bracket, like a boxing card. Add unnavigable, lurching backwash at one of the world’s heaviest waves, put Occy at the horn, and you have this year’s Cape Fear contest, which started just under an hour ago.

Here’s the gist of the format:

  • Sixteen surfers
  • Eight head-to-head battles
  • Four surfers in the water at all times (two contesting a 30-minute paddle-in element and two in a 30-minute tow-in element)
  • Surfers will be judged by wave size and difficulty, with their best four scoring waves (two tow-in, two paddle) combining for their total heat score
  • Each battle crowns a winner, and the four highest-placed winners will progress through to the final
  • The highest placed surfer at the end of the final will be crowned the Red Bull Cape Fear champion

Heat 1: Justin Allport vs. Jesse Polock
Heat 2: Blake Thornton vs. James Adams
Heat 3: Riley Laing vs. Russell Bierke
Heat 4: Richie Vaculik vs. Evan Faulks
Heat 5: Koby Abberton vs. Dean Morrison
Heat 6: Jai Abberton vs. Kirk Flintoff
Heat 7: Andrew Mooney vs. Perth Standlick
Heat 8: Ryan Hipwood vs. Laurie Towner

To watch the live stream of the event, visit www.RedBull.tv.