The Gigantic Cathedrals of Salt and Water at Off-Season Dungeons

Jason Lock

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Updated 277d ago

All eyes are firmly, and rightly, taking stock of the northern hemisphere's swell season -- Jaws, Nazare, Maverick's are all standouts of the past few (and future few) months. But that doesn't mean the rare sessions south of the equator at this time of year will go unnoticed, such as on Monday, when South Africa's epicentre of big wave surfing roared to life at Dungeons.

It's been a while since we've seen images from the behemoth of Hout Bay. In fact, last time it reared its head was a thunderous day in July, quite possibly the biggest and gnarliest seen in years. You can recall the event by going HERE, where you can also read up on the mechanics of this hyper wave.

All that energy directed into the coastline on Sunday. The day after, it was on. See our charts, HERE.

All that energy directed into the coastline on Sunday. The day after, it was on. See our charts, HERE.

Everytime we see Dungeons swing to life though, it's a testament to the hellmen who call SA home. There's nothing like those steps and ledges, the commitment, bodies impacting with force as an avalanche slams overhead.

As Dougal Paterson says of this session: “The thing that makes South African big waves different is that they can come anytime of year. Monday’s swell came in the peak of summer.

Standout from the session, Frank Solomon, the master of the airdrop.

Standout from the session, Frank Solomon, the master of the airdrop.

© 2019 - Alan Van Gysen

“Gigantic cathedrals of salt and water avalanched under a blue bird sky snapping boards, twisting bodies and hurling one jetski and its tow team into oblivion.

“Though Dungeons has been off the global radar for a few years, it remains one of the most dangerous and challenging waves in the world.”

All images from Alan Van Gysen.

Dougal Paterson sat so deep he was almost surfing the slab.

Dougal Paterson sat so deep he was almost surfing the slab.

© 2019 - Alan Van Gysen

Such as right here for Mr Solomon.

Such as right here for Mr Solomon.

© 2019 - Alan Van Gysen

Matt Bromley on a gem.

Matt Bromley on a gem.

© 2019 - Alan Van Gysen

© 2019 - Alan Van Gysen

Pieter de Wit on a huge inside bowl.

Pieter de Wit on a huge inside bowl.

© 2019 - Alan Van Gysen