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12.06.05 - Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2005
Surfing South Africa (SSA) Specialty event
Dungeons, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
May 22 – June 12, 2005

Waiting period draws to a close at 2005 Red Bull Big Wave Africa

The 21-day waiting period for the 2005 edition of Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing event drew to a close in Cape Town on Sunday without a champion being crowned.

Even though Dungeons, the deep water reef near Hout Bay that is the venue for the event and home to the largest surfable waves on the coastline of Africa, did not produce the four hours of 15 foot (5 metre) plus swells required to run the contest, all of the 14 competitors, two alternates and four special guests got to feel the power of the internationally renowned big wave break during free surfing sessions and an official practice.

In arguably the best line-up of local and international big wave chargers in the seven year history of the event, Grant Washburn from California, Brazilian Carlos Burle and Sean Holmes (Jeffreys Bay) won the three specialty awards with Washburn pocketing R15 000 and the Sensi Threads Biggest Wave title for the third time for an enormous 18 – 20 foot drop at Dungeons during the official practice session last Tuesday.

Holmes collected R5 000 and the Canon Best Tube award for the second successive year this time for cleanly exiting an incredibly deep barrel in solid two metre surf at Wilderness beach break yesterday. Burle, known as ‘Star One’ due to his legendary status in his home country, charged at Dungeons and at the various other breaks surfed by crew during the three weeks to be unanimously awarded the Von Zipper ‘Deep Throat’ title and R5 000.

Fellow internationals Darryl ‘Flea’ Virostko and Anthony Tashnick from Santa Cruz, California, Jamie Sterling (Hawaii) and Greg Long (California), the 2003 event winner, all left their distinctive mark during the seventh renewal of the event.

Durban’s Jason Ribbink, who dislocated his shoulder when he was crushed while in the tube at Dungeons, fellow Durbanites Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker and John Whittle and Capetonians Mickey Duffus and Andrew Marr, along with local alternates David Smith and Thomas Kleynhans, all benefited from the experience of hanging out with the international contingent.

Kim Hamrock (California) became the first woman to challenge Dungeons while the other special guests, Beau Emerton (Aus), Carlos ‘Coco’ Nogales (Mexico) and Durban based magazine publisher John McCarthy all sampled some waves at the notorious break.

For more detailed information on Red Bull BWA 2005 and its previous six editions, visit the comprehensive website at www.redbullbwa.com that provides a daily log, images and video clips of the action throughout the waiting period and a host of other information on the location, participants and big wave surfing in general.

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