EXCLUSIVE: Before South Africa's XXL Juggernaut Dungeons, There Was This...

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When it comes to big waves, Dungeons is one of the more infamous out there – and for good reason. A harrowing right hander that lodged South Africa firmly in the sites of big wave hellmen and women across the world. It can be a beautiful backlit barrel, as big as a Cathedral, or it can be a waking nightmare.

But before Dungeons screamed onto the scene, South African big wave surfing had a much more eloquent answer to gigantic mounds of water. Sunset Reef was where the Saffa XXL journey really began and that story is documented right here, courtesy of Alan Van Gysen.

Forecast: Dungeons

Take a moment to breathe in Sunset Reef.

Take a moment to breathe in Sunset Reef.

© 2021 - Alan Van Gysen.

Before Dungeons, playing above, is a brief look at the history of these two wildly different waves that have collectively produced some of the best surfers in the world when it comes to slinging a 9-foot-something gun over the ledge.

According to three-time world champ Twiggy Baker, neither wave has been ridden close to its full potential yet and the best is yet to come, especially out at Sunset.

© 2021 - Alan Van Gysen.

"There's the opportunity there to get just a mind-bending barrel on a really big wave," reckons Twiggy, who says the joint is capable of producing tubes on par with Jaws. "One of us is going to do it soon, but once it hits 20 feet and over, it becomes a really dangerous, proper big wave.”

With the Southern Hemisphere winter kicking into gear and a bunch of travel-restricted Saffas chomping at the bit, we may just see it happen sooner rather than later.

© 2021 - Alan Van Gysen.

© 2021 - Alan Van Gysen.

© 2021 - Alan Van Gysen.