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Before Dungeons | Big Wave Surfing In SA

by Ingrid Hale
Behind the Peak - big wave surfing

Dungeons lies on the tip of the African continent and launched South Africa into big-wave infamy during the late 1990s. But nearby Sunset Reef is a far more perfect prospect, and it’s where big wave surfing in South Africa really began.   Behind the Peak is a brief look at the history of these two wildly different waves that have collectively produced some of the best surfers in the world.

According to 3x World Champ Grant Twiggy Baker, neither wave has been ridden close to its full potential yet and the best is yet to come, especially out at Sunset. “There’s the opportunity there to get just a mind-bending barrel on a really big wave” reckons Twiggy, who says the place is capable of producing tubes on par with Jaws. “One of us is going to do it soon, but once it hits 20 feet and over, it becomes a really dangerous, proper big wave.”

Hear big wave surfer Matt Bromley chat about his start in the world of big wave surfing and how surfing at Dungeons and Sunset have prepared him for international big wave competitions.

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