With a massive west swell beginning to cooperate beautifully, the 2008 Red Bull Big Wave Africa has officially been placed on Amber Alert. Riders have been placed on notice that the event, which is now in its 10th year, is likely to start within 24 hours. This huge news as the event has only been run in 3 out of it’s previous 9 years of existence. Red Bull isn’t big on compromising the standards they have set-up for the event. If this swell builds and holds as expected, compromising their standards won’t even become an issue.
The holding period for the event actually runs for 5 weeks until August 31. However with conditions looking to be ideal at Dungeons, it’s almost a certainty that the one-day of competition necessary will take place on Saturday. “It’s going to be very difficult to not call the event on Saturday judging by what the charts are showing,” said official event wave forecaster Steve Pike. “The swell looks really good throughout the day.”
With the swell building throughout today it will give the surfers who are assembled in Hout Bay harbor waiting in anticipation for the event their first official Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2008 practice session. Many of the international competitors only surf Dungeons once a year or so. The practice session is set-up to give these guys a chance to get their feet under them before the competition officially starts.
With some of the world’s best big-wave riders set to charge massive mountains of water in South Africa, this is an event you’ll definitely want to check out. It will be webcast for the first time this year so check it out at www.redbullbwa.com.
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Posted by Shaun on Friday, July 25th, 2008 in Surfing.