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The world’s best big wave surfers are heading to Tasmania, and millions of people will be watching. They will take on the fierce waves of Shipstern Bluff which has been chosen for this year’s Red Bull Cape Fear contest, an event that will be streamed live to an expected global audience of six million people. Twenty of the world’s top surfers – led by Australian legend and three-time world champion Mick Fanning – will tackle Shipstern off the wild southern edge of the Tasman Peninsula. Event Director, Mark Mathews, said: “The mountainous size, power and majestic intensity of Shipstern Bluff matched by 20 fearless big wave surfers has all the ingredients to be a highly viewed surfing event.” The contest has a five-month window which opened on August 1, to ensure the best and biggest waves. Tourism Industry Council Boss, Luke Martin, told The Mercury this level of international exposure was “invaluable” adding: “You need these kind of gem events that come up every so often that have the ability to put Tasmania up in lights as something that’s different and unique.” This will be the first time any competition has been run at the famously wild and isolated surfing location.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

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