For those who've never seen Red Bull Cape Fear in action, it’s hard to wrap your head around how a surfing event could ever be held at a wave like this – one of the heaviest in the world – on the biggest swell of the year.
That’s exactly what Red Bull Cape Fear is all about though. It’s about pushing the limits of what's possible in the ocean and celebrating the hellmen who put their lives on the line to do so.
It’s also about weighing up risk versus reward and having a safety team that's ready and waiting for any situation.
So here is Red Bull Cape Fear by the numbers. The waves, the wipeouts, the players and their gambles.
How heavy will 2017 prove to be? We’ll just have to wait and see what the ocean offers up this time. The bar has been set and the only way is up from here.
Stay tuned to www.RedBullCapeFear.com over the waiting period (May 1 – Aug 31) for event news, behind-the-scenes videos, interviews and much more.