REBEL Sessions 2017 – Waiting for this session at Dungeons was absolutely worth it.

Rebel Sessions 2017 surfed today, Monday 23rd October, in heaving clean 20 foot plus Dungeons that many of the surfers called the most difficult they can remember.

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Rebel Sessions 2017 - photograph © Nic Bothma/Rebel Sessions 2017

The committed crew of 20 invited big wave surfers came to the lineup to find waves in huge, long period, shifty Dungeons but persevered in an epic seven hour marathon with those managing to catch waves being richly rewarded for their perseverance. It was an epic days surfing that long time Dungeons legend Simon “The Coach” Lowe said marked the changing of the guard “The torch has well and truly been passed onto the next generation of youth guns , its a young and mad sport this.” he commented.

The charge of the young guns was lead by Matt Bromley who managed to catch many of the biggest and best waves of the day, and ride them with his customary skill and style. Asked about his high wave tally Matt replied "You have to just want it really bad and put yourself in harms way to really get it!”.

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Matt Bomley - Rebel Sessions 2017 - photograph © Nic Bothma/Rebel Sessions 2017

 

The old guard wasn’t going down without a fight with previous Sessions winner Mike Schlebach getting a huge barrel and also taking a nine wave beating that he called the worst of his life.

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Mike Schlebach - Rebel Sessions 2017 - photograph © Nic Bothma/Rebel Sessions 2017

Other young standouts of the Session included the likes of RRD surfer Tommy Kruger who’s persistence paid off with some notable rides after a long wait “It was very challenging... it took me about two hours to catch my first wave ...it was hard but all the guys charged and it was a good day of surfing, shot to Rebel Sessions for holding this.”

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RRD Rider Tommy Kruger - Rebel Sessions 2017 - photograph © Nic Bothma/Rebel Sessions 2017

 

Another notable newcomer was Swedish surfer Odd Perssons who also managed to rack up a surprisingly high wave count, "It was exciting, very exciting that was so much fun I really enjoyed it it was a long time ago that we had dungeons so good.”

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Odd Perrson - Rebel Sessions 2017 - photograph © Nic Bothma/Rebel Sessions 2017

 

 

A panel of three judges will now review the footage and photos of the days surfing while participating surfers vote to award the R100 00,00 prize money in the four categories:

Dedication: Waterman award - R50 000

Inspiration: Biggest Paddle wave - R25 000

Motivation: Rookie - R15 000

Consequences: Worst Wipe out - R10 000

 

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