Michael Schlebach: taking down Dungeons

Michael Schlebach won the best surfed paddle wave award of the inaugural Rebel Sessions Big Wave Contest 2011. The South African rider has been charging big waves off the Cape Peninsula for many years and was a standout surfer in every session he surfed through the winter. He took Dungeons in great style.

Kommetjie surfer Andy Marr received the trophy for the biggest tow wave of the season, while Jeremy Johnson, from Hout Bay, took the biggest wave paddled into award.

James Taylor won the worst wipe out. The winning waves were all surfed at world-renowned Dungeons reef, off Hout Bay when the biggest swell of the winter hit the Cape of Storms, on the 21st and 22nd August.

Christian Herles was also awarded a surprise "Surfer of the Sessions" award, with R5000 going to young Durbanite Josh Redman for the commitment and skill he displayed in the water. Josh's fearless assault on the Cape's big waves showed that he's a big wave talent to look out for in the future.

The Rebel Sessions is a unique big wave surfing awards event that ran for the first time this year from 15th July to the 22nd October. Over 100 days of winter the Rebel Session cameras filmed six sessions surfed with waves over 15 foot, the photographs and footage taken were used to judge the waves surfed and award prizes in four different categories.

The footage filmed will be edited into a documentary that will be distributed and aired worldwide by Rebel Media through their Rebel TV Show and distribution network.