All eyes are firmly, and rightly, taking stock of the northern hemisphere's swell season -- Jaws, Nazare, Maverick's are all standouts of the past few (and future few) months. But that doesn't mean the rare sessions south of the equator at this time of year will go unnoticed, such as on Monday, when South Africa's epicentre of big wave surfing roared to life at Dungeons.
It's been a while since we've seen images from the behemoth of Hout Bay. In fact, last time it reared its head was a thunderous day in July, quite possibly the biggest and gnarliest seen in years. You can recall the event by going HERE, where you can also read up on the mechanics of this hyper wave.
Everytime we see Dungeons swing to life though, it's a testament to the hellmen who call SA home. There's nothing like those steps and ledges, the commitment, bodies impacting with force as an avalanche slams overhead.
As Dougal Paterson says of this session: “The thing that makes South African big waves different is that they can come anytime of year. Monday’s swell came in the peak of summer.
“Gigantic cathedrals of salt and water avalanched under a blue bird sky snapping boards, twisting bodies and hurling one jetski and its tow team into oblivion.
“Though Dungeons has been off the global radar for a few years, it remains one of the most dangerous and challenging waves in the world.”
All images from Alan Van Gysen.