Do you remember Cape Solander aka Ours aka Cape Fear aka Piker’s Hole? Well, if all you’d had to go off were the pages of surf mags over the last few years, you’d be forgiven for being a little foggy. The wave it seems has been languishing in somewhat of a print media exile* and we thought it about time to bring it back.
Until the day pictured above, Spence Hornby had also been in exile, but from the ocean in general. The Central Coast photog – one of the best to shoot Cape Solander from the water – explains.
“I hadn’t shot surf in nearly a full year. I just woke up one day and felt so over it for no reason at all, and I remember being baffled by it.”
“Eventually, when deep down you’re completely obsessed with something, you’ll track your way back to it,” reasons Spence. “The rat is always gonna find the cheese!”
Perth Standlick, the surfer buried deep in Spence’s shot also shares a healthy obsession with Cape Solander.
“For me, surfing out there is like the feeling of learning again or your first barrel,” explains Perth. “The emotion that you get from every session out there is always huge.”
Perth’s dedication to the wave also sees him on the Cape Fear invite list should the event get called on this year.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be in the event, are you kidding me? To get a chance at winning 20k by surfing my favourite wave – Ummmmm yes please!”
*Yes, we are aware of the 2016 Red Bull Cape Fear event, the images of those heart-stopping brown beasts being slayed by the bravest of humans are forever burnt into the retinas of everyone who glanced upon them. This is an exception and as such will be excluded from the argument.