The Cape of storms has been living up to its reputation, making for interesting and challenging conditions during the O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC).

The CWC, which is taking place in Cape Town right now, has already delivered a shock with the departure of South African champion Sean Holmes who was ousted from the event by another local, Josh Salie. He seemed just as surprised by his performance as everyone else and said his family and friends cheering him on from the beach actually made him more nervous!

But the highest wave scorer thus far (9.6) has been 16-year old Hawaiian John John Florence. He managed to knock former World Tour surfer Nathan Hedge out of this third leg of the CWC series.

Apart from frequent storms stirring up the waves – according to forecasters, it’s not going to ease up soon – the organisers of this South African leg of the series have taken steps to ensure that the event will have minimal impact on the environmentally sensitive coastline of the planned venues while simultaneously benefitting the local economy.

According to O’Neill South Africa’s marketing manager, Paul Canning, they have pulled out all the stops to make the event as environmentally friendly as possible.

“We will be implementing a comprehensive environmental management plan to reduce the impact on the various South peninsula beaches where the event will be run.

“At the same time we have also hired all labour, equipment, services and accommodation locally to make sure the economy of the area benefits from the running of a contest that we hope will go on to become one of the icon events on the annual international surfing calendar and a cornerstone of the Series.”

The event will run until Wednesday, the 24th of June.