Hout Bay Dungeons Adventure
This isn’t surfing it’s an ocean battleground, and that wave’s not a super tube it’s a liquid apocalypse, waiting to happen at Dungeons on Sentinel Reef, Hout Bay in the Western Cape.
The build-up is monumental - days spent tracking it by satellite, watching shifting weather patterns, and if the storm swell makes landfall, you’ve the makings of a Big Wave, a 7 storey (21 m), rolling mass of wind-born energy that grows exponentially stronger, travelling at 30 - 50 knots, before it malevolently curls up over itself and detonates, spilling the heart of the ocean’s power.
Just off shore, 24 invite-only, professional Big Wave surfers are standing by, anticipating the most death-defying ride of their lives; it’s touch-and-go because conditions have to be perfect before the Red Bull Big Wave Africa event can take place, and surfers are allowed to ‘charge’ down the monster wave face.
Sea-dogs venture out in 5m swells on charter launches, while land-lubbers crowd the shore to watch the giants of the surf world duel the biggest rideable waves on the African coastline.