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Big wave surfer Ryan Hipwood ready for some fear

Ryan Hipwood wipes out during the Red Bull Cape Fear surf competition in Sydney, Australia on June 7, 2016. Picture: Brett Hemmings/Red Bull
Ryan Hipwood wipes out during the Red Bull Cape Fear surf competition in Sydney, Australia on June 7, 2016. Picture: Brett Hemmings/Red Bull

BIG Wave surfer Ryan Hipwood doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but he knows where to find it.

Cape Fear. The infamous Red Bull-run surfing event at Cape Solander off Botany Bay in New South Wales.

The 31-year-old from Casuarina will join some of the world's bravest big-wave chargers willing to risk life and limb in monstrous swells known to reach up to 12-feet.

Ryan Hipwood and Mark Mathews are photographed during the Red Bull Cape Fear in Sydney, Australia on June 6, 2016. Picture: Bill Morris/Red Bull Content Pool
Ryan Hipwood and Mark Mathews are photographed during the Red Bull Cape Fear in Sydney, Australia on June 6, 2016. Picture: Bill Morris/Red Bull Content Pool

"It is the best wave in the world for spectators because the waves break so close to the cliff."

The Cape Fear event has a four-month window in which organisers are willing to wait to ensure the biggest and gnarliest waves are on offer.

Cape Fear action

Hipwood will join 20 competitors including Taj Burrows, Russell Bierke, Laurie Towner and Makua Rothman when the competition is inevitably "called" sometime before August 31.

At that point he will have 48 hours to get to Sydney.

Hipwood said last year's event proved that Cape Fear was, pound for pound, one of the heaviest waves in the world and definitely not for the faint-hearted. He made the final four last year.

Gold Coaster Ryan Hipwood performs during Red Bull Cape Fear at Botany Bay in Sydney, Australia on August 31, 2014. Picture: Andy Green/Red Bull
Gold Coaster Ryan Hipwood performs during Red Bull Cape Fear at Botany Bay in Sydney, Australia on August 31, 2014. Picture: Andy Green/Red Bull

"But I feel like you couldn't do what I do if you didn't love it."

The event is closed to the public but can be watched live on Red Bull TV.

BY THE NUMBERS

• 20 surfers in event.

• Surfers towed into 8-12ft waves (almost three stories high).

• 27 Olympic pools worth of water breaks over a reef.

• Waves break 10 metres from rocky cliff.

Topics:  byron bay surfing

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