Red Bull Cape Fear: Sam Macintosh eyes a safe exit | Photo: Red Bull

Eight surfers were crowned winners of the inaugural Red Bull Cape Fear, at Botany Bay, Sydney, Australia.

It was hailed as one of the most exciting surfing events of recent times. The Red Bull Cape Fear, brought to you by big wave surfer Mark Mathews, didn't deliver monsters but there was no shortage of barrels or wipeouts.

Eight one-on-one clashes were run in four-to-six foot sets over one of the world's deadliest reefs. At Ours, Ryan Hipwood and Jamie O'Brien opened the hostilities with what was considered the best battle of the event.

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Surf videos: plan the perfect angles | Photo: Dan Warbrick/Rip Curl

Surf videos work like identity cards and fingerprints. They can change the life of a surfer, but they can also propel the filmmaker into the commercial surf industry world.

Pictures speak for themselves. An unknown surfer getting barreled in a transparent wave for 20 seconds, under sunny skies and surrounded by huge palm trees, will likely jump into stardom in a matter of weeks. Just let it go viral on Youtube or Vimeo.

These days professional video equipment is cheaper. You won't have to sell your house to produce the best surf video of the decade. Digital high-speed camera are still expensive, but there are excellent affordable HD alternatives.

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The Wedge: a whitewater nightmare designed by Hurricane Marie

California has been hit by a liquid missile. The projectile transformed The Wedge into a big wave surfing arena, thanks to Hurricane Marie.

Southern California surfers were anxiously waiting for it. When Hurricane Marie swells touched the coastline, the result was splendid surf at almost any spot.

The Wedge literally exploded, and hundreds of surfers, bodyboarders and skimboarders took the bull by the horns. Twenty foot plus wave faces arrived and had to be ridden.

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