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Surfers web clips | The wait is finally over: Hawaiian Nathan Florence wins big wave event RB Cape Fear against Mick Fanning & Co.!
After three years of waiting, the Cape Fear is finally back in 2019! It went down in a brandnew location, the Shipstern Bluff on the Tasmanian South coast (AUS), the Hawaiian Nathan Florence wins the invitational big wave event for the first time! In the final, Florence defeated a host of Aussies, like big wave expert Laurie Towner, Justen “Jughead” Allport and local Tasmanian standouts James Hollmer-Cross and Mikey Brennan. In addition, three-time men’s world champion Mick Fanning (Gold Coast, AUS), the defending champion Russel Bierke (AUS) and Brazilian big wave star Pedro Scooby were among the field of the daring surfing superstars.
The best individual wave ridden was a perfect 10 awarded to local James Hollmer-Cross. It was a fitting performance for one of the local stand-outs and Shippie’s stalwarts. Standing in excess of 6’1”, Hollmer-Cross is not a short fella, but the wave he rode was big enough for him to stand bolt upright in the tube, and he exited the tube shrouded in spray as the wave spewed him ceremoniously into the channel.
It’s only the third time Red Bull Cape Fear has run in six years. The first two instalments were held at Sydney ledge-break “Ours” in 2014 and 2016. Each event waiting period lasts between three and six months, with contestants and organisers waiting for ideal conditions; serious and dangerous conditions that provide the ultimate test for the best surfers from around the world. The event window for 2019 was from February 1 through to May 31. Red Bull Cape Fear is back in 2019 at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania’s home of slab surfing. Shipstern Bluff is one of the most iconic waves in surfing. It’s hidden deep in the cracks and crevices of Tasmania, buried at the foot of the towering cliffs from which it is named.
Results – Final:
1 Nathan Florence (USA) – 15.16 points
2 Laurie Towner (AUS) – 14.10 pts
3 Justen “Jughead’ Allport – (AUS) 10.93 pts
4 James Hollmer-Cross (TAS) – 10.00 pts
5 Michael Brennan (TAS) – 6.50 pts