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Dungeons Surf Break. By: Alexandra Mankofsky. Location. South Africa Located off the Hout Bay Harbor in a remote location Due to land topography, easiest to get there by boat, not foot. . History. First discovered in the 1980s by Pierre De Villers and Peter Button.

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Dungeons surf break

Dungeons Surf Break

By: Alexandra Mankofsky


Location

Location

  • South Africa

  • Located off the Hout Bay Harbor in a remote location

  • Due to land topography, easiest to get there by boat, not foot.


History

History

  • First discovered in the 1980s by Pierre De Villers and Peter Button.

    • The two paddled out into the waves from shore.

  • Due to an unsuccessful first big wave contest, people failed to believe Dungeons was a big wave hot spot.

    • It wasn’t until 2003 did Dungeons start to pick up around the world as a big wave spot.


Red bull big wave contest

Red Bull Big Wave Contest

  • Most famous for the Red Bull Big Wave contest.

    • Has been running for about 10 years

    • Only 97 days of contestable waves

    • 2 Champs are Sean Holmes of South Africa and Greg Long of California


Waves

Waves

  • The waves usually reach over 8 feet.

  • Typically swells reach 15 feet and over

    • Best swells come from the SW


Break type

Break Type

  • Bottom Bathymetry are reefs

    • Dungeons Reefs are what ocean swells hit first

  • When winds blow from the NW it creates more frequent groundswells

  • Breaks are known as right-hand breaks

    • Best part of the break to surf is the slab, where the wave barrels.


Swell predictions for nov 1st

Swell Predictions for Nov 1st

  • Swell direction is out of the South, South West.

  • Greatest swell energy is predicted to hit 3 days from November 1st and continue into the next day

  • Predicted winds are strong from the West

  • Predicted wave heights are around 16-20 feet


Equipment

Equipment

  • Surfboards

    • Best size is usually around 10 feet but mainly due to preference

  • Wetsuits

    • Water has never been below 60 degrees but can be cold

  • Wave runners

    • For towing in


Cautions

Cautions

  • Thick kelp beds may pose a problem to surfers who wipe out

  • Sea life, like the Great White Shark that feed in the area on local seal colonies.

  • Of course the power of such enormous waves.


Surf video

Surf Video

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NQPa-ps-uU&feature=related

  • Wipe Outs

    • http://www.redbullbwa.com/features.php?c=69&page=1&id=24


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