Wave to blow your mind Surf­ing a mon­ster swell off Por­tu­gal that may break the world record

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A-frame wedge that strug­gles to break, and when it does, it sort of crum­bles from the top.

This is no Dun­geons or Mav­er­icks, when the whole wall con­vulses in one gi­gan­tic ter­ri­fy­ing ex­plo­sion.

Video footage of that day shows many of the waves not ac­tu­ally break­ing, of guys rid­ing a swell and kick­ing off when it’s still a swell.

And the cam­era an­gle – which looks down – seems to take in the area in front of the wave, mak­ing it look like part of the height of the wall. How do you mea­sure it?

But not­with­stand­ing the skin­ner, and the hu­man trait of cut­ting down pop­pies, big­wave surf­ing took another gi­ant step in its evo­lu­tion. FROM what I re­mem­ber of the FNB Wines to Whales moun­tain bike race – we will be rid­ing Day 2 to­day – is how bru­tal the first day is.

Whines to Wails might be a bet­ter name for it.

You have to tackle a big climb within 500m of the start, the bone rat­tling rock-gnarled sin­gle track you ride.

This is fol­lowed by a 3km portage of your bike over the old Gan­touw Pass – the his­toric oxwagon trail used by the Bo­ers to ac­cess the hin­ter­land from the Cape – with another 30km or so of rid­ing un­til you end at Oak Val­ley 70km later.

In to­tal, you ride over 230km, be it through pris­tine Cape vis­tas. TO­DAY, fresh SE to SSE go­ing strongish, with 2-4’ SE windswell in False Bay. Other side 23’ at most in morn­ing but check a nice 4-6’ west pulse with lekker pe­riod hit­ting in the af­ter­noon, the SE is go­ing more south and go­ing strong.

Wa­ter will be freez­ing, Muizen­berg rolls over and plays dead. Tomorrow looks 3-5’ eas­ing to 3-4’ in fresh SE go­ing strong SSE. Some fun ones if wind plays ball.

Wa­ter tem­per­a­ture freez­ing. Muizies looks mush­balled on­shore. @ w2wmtb of­fi­cial Twit­ter han­dle of the Wines to Whales

PETER KIRK

READY TO TOUGH IT OUT: Re­nay Grous­tra will be tack­ling the some­times bru­tal Day 2 of the Wines to Whales moun­tain bike race.

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