Yesterday at ‘Cape Fear’ was unlike anything surfing’s seen before
It’s easy to poke holes in events like this, they’re designed to make surfing into as much of a spectacle as possible. But jeez, yesterday was a spectacle if ever there was. Given that the event was almost completely void of big names – unlike last years anticlimax that featured Shane Dorian, Jamie O’Brien, Bruce Irons and more – it was a mic of local and small-time Australian surfers that took to the stage at what was pretty much the most dangerous wave you could imagine. And the loons put on as fine a show as anyone would’ve.
The wipeouts were horrifying. Central Coast fireman Justin ‘Jughead’ Allport, was the only person seriously injured (needing multiple stitched in his hairless dome) but the award for wipeout of the day went to local carpet-layer-turned-surfer-turned-MMA-fighter Richie Vaculik. Dude got the flogging of several lifetimes, and this is one of the rare occasions where the photos actually look worse than the footage (which was horrendous enough). Day two of the event is literally moments from kicking off, and although the swell’s dropped, there’s still a few bombs exploding on the Cape. Time for yet another day of half-arsed, one-eyed working.