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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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