June 27, 2004
Surfing New Zealand
Surfing: NEW ZEALAND’S DOUG YOUNG PICKS UP AWARD AS WAITING PERIOD ENDS
7th – 27th June 2004
Doug Young is the first New Zealander
to ever compete in the event staged at
However several days of big swell did occur where surfers got the chance to hold practice sessions. Waves bigger than the required 15 foot were breaking but not consistently. Doug Young was noted for his gutsy performances throughout the waiting period.
“It was a good 5-6hr session with plenty of dramas going down. The waves were a solid 12ft – 20ft” commented Doug Young of the biggest session of the waiting period. “My legrope plug broke on the biggest set wave of the day so I had to surf for four hours with no legrope! I had one of the meanest wipe outs that I have ever had out there but it is all good” continued Young.
In New Zealand Young’s big wave
exploits have not gone unnoticed after he recently won the ‘paddle in’
section of the Oakley Australasian Big Wave Awards’. Young now
Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2004 ends in Cape Town
Even though Dungeons, the deep water reef near Hout Bay that is the venue for the event and home to the largest surfable waves on the coastline of Africa, did not produce the four hours of 15 foot (5 metre) plus swells required to run the contest, all 12 of the invitees and both the alternates got to feel the power of the internationally renowned big wave break during free surfing sessions.
In arguably the best line-up of local and international big wave chargers in the six year history of the event, Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker from Durban, New Zealander Doug Young and Capetonian Mickey Duffus won the three specialty awards with Baker pocketing R15 000 and the Sensi Threads Biggest Wave title for an enormous 20 foot drop in the Dungeons bowl on the morning of Thursday June 24.
Duffus collected R5 000 and the Oakley Best Tube award for a deep barrel at the incredibly hollow ‘Slab’ section of the Dungeons reef earlier in the waiting period while Young, making his debut at the event, charged everything from the smallest to the biggest waves and even the social activities to be adjudged a worthy recipient of the Grommets Surf Café ‘Deep Throat’ award and R5 000.
international debutants Carlos ‘
Baker, Kommetjie’s Andrew Marr and newcomer David Smith (Camp’s Bay) benefited from another year of interaction with the internationals while several young and aspiring local big wave riders took advantage of the safety and medical facilities in the lineup Dungeons every time it broke to sample some waves at the notorious break.
For more detailed information on Red Bull BWA 2004 and its previous five editions, visit the comprehensive website at www.redbullbwa.com that provides a daily log, images and video clips of the action throughout the waiting period and a host of other information on the location, participants and big wave surfing in general.
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