REDBULL CAPE FEAR FAILS TO RUN IN ITS FIRST WAITING PERIOD, BUT MARK MATHEWS STILL FINDS REASON TO SMILE.
It’s not often that Mark Mathews makes the wrong call at Ours, aka Cape Solander aka Pikers Hole aka Cape Fear aka [insert latest name here]. He knows the wave better than anyone and a lifetimes worth of tube vision and minimal poundings at one of the heaviest and notoriously difficult waves breaking under the sun is testament to that fact.
It was this intimate knowledge of the wave that led to Mark receiving the dubious honour of being the man to make the call on when to pull the trigger during the waiting period for the Red Bull Cape Fear event. At the time of writing that waiting period had just expired without a green light.
During the first half of the window a complete lack of swell meant the call had been easy for Mark, but the start of the winter had been so loaded with epic swells no-one was worried … surely there was something just around that blind, week long surf forecast corner. The weeks ticked by while the event’s hype train rolled on. However, Huey was now looking less and less likely to come to the party, and it must’ve been around this time the first beads of perspiration formed on Mark’s brow.
Then roughly two weeks out from the end of the window, like a dodgy old lawnmower, the ocean began sputtering to life. The charts showing that Ours would be good but would it be good enough to run the event? It was about this time that the beads of perspiration on Mark’s brow must’ve grown into large drops. Making the right call on a lineball swell that was gonna be one thing but pushing the green button meant sending many of the world’s best big wave surfers scurrying to make flights from all corners of the globe. It had to be worthy.
Mark eventually decided it would not run. And despite scoring this slab on the day remains adamant it was the right decision.
"It was just a touch on the small side and super inconsistent," Mathews told Red Bull recently, explaining the call. "We are looking for bigger and crazier!”
Red Bull were happy to trust Mark’s judgment as they should be, and at the time of writing had just granted the event a one month extension which ends on August 31. After that if the required swell still refuses to eventuate, Red Bull will spread its infamous wings and flap its way out of Sydney for the year.