Hout Bay – Johnny Paarman, contest director for the Red Bull Big
Wave Africa 2007 event, remained steadfast in his decision not to run
the event yesterday (18 June), despite some strong opinions that he
should go ahead. This decision proved to be the right one.
Dungeons provided some solid 20 to 25-foot sets, they were far from
ideal for running the event, with wide sets, big steps on the wave
faces and many of the wave closing out across the inside reef.
A few tow teams got out there to feel the Dungeons power and to
reacquaint themselves with the somewhat foreboding Dungeons line-up.
Durban surfers Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker and Jason Ribbink scored a couple
of excellent rides, as did former event winner Californian Greg Long.
“It was really difficult out there,” said Jason after his first
session with tow-partner Gigs Cilliers. “It was definitely the right
decision not to go with the event. The waves were big, but weird and
coming from all directions. There’s still plenty of time for the
This morning (19 June) dawned with a marked drop in swell, to almost
half the size of yesterday, and Paarman had no hesitation in calling
it off for now, in order to wait for the next storm.
A week of good surf is still ahead of us, with Saturday still looking
like a prime day to run the event . Check www.redbullbwa.com for