Dungeons may not be on the Big Wave Tour – but that is why there's the REBEL Sessions, put on to recognise the South African hellmen who dedicate themselves to hucking into just about anything.
The REBEL Sessions window officially opened on July 18 and will run through until October 31. First run in 2011, the event took a five year break before returning last year.
And, for 2017, the format has been shaken up. This time around, the competition will be a one day, photo and video invite surf sessions for 20 local and 5 international surfers.
Once the day is complete, the surfers will cast their votes while a team of judges review footage and photos and then announce a window. There's an R100,000 prize purse up for grabs. The categories are.
Dedication: Waterman Award – R50,000
In response to the local big wave surfers’ input this year, it has been decided that there needs to be recognition for consistency across the days’ surfing as opposed to just rewarding the surfer who is lucky enough to catch the stand out wave of the day. This award is for the surfer who works hardest, throws themselves at everything, rides with skill and dominates the session.
Inspiration: Biggest Paddle Wave – R25,000
Big wave surfing is about big waves. The surfer with the patience and positioning to score the “wave of the day” and back this up with the skill to ride it clearly deserves recognition.
Motivation: Rookie – R15,000
Standing in the shadows, just out of the lime light are a frothing bunch of nobodies just waiting to be named. This award is for the little-known surfer who steps up, and stands out in the Session.
Consequences: Worst Wipe Out – R15,000
Nobody really wants this, but if you’re pushing it, you might just win it anyway! You never know unless you go.
For more information, go HERE.
Cover shot by Eugene van der Elst