The Walker Bay Pro welcomed the world to South Africa last night as the Cape of Storms lived up to her reputation with ice cold winds and heaving seas in the 5 meter range.
The IBC contestants from all around the world gathered at Milk On The Beach to the rhythmic sounds of the Botrivier Marimba Band as Mumbles tried his best at stand up comedy to warm up the crowd.
First on the agenda was the fact that the beaches have been closed for the weekend around Cape Town due to the biggest storm and swell the Cape has seen in a decade. Conditions look like they calm down towards the middle of the week, so a few lay days will precede the action in the water.
On the days that the contest will not be running, the IBC contestants will be treated to a trip up Table Mountain, wildlife encounters at Cornell Skop, wine tasting at Newton Johnson and whale watching in Hermanus.
Head judge for the event, Vaughn Harris, briefed the riders on the criteria they will be judged against and safety officer Henk Esterhuysen laid out the law in terms of beach safety, especially in light of the storms we are currently enduring.
The cards have now been dealt, the contestants are here and the 2023 Walker Bay Pro is officially on the go. See you on the live stream, stay tuned to our social media channels for more information.
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