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Cape Fear is on: Surfing battle takes place in monster surf after Sydney storm

Red Bull's Cape Fear surfing contest kicked off in Sydney, Australia Monday after an insane storm lashed the east coast. While many Sydneysiders stayed in the confines of their warm homes, 16 surfers were towed into the wild ocean. 

The big wave surfing competition — which has been in a waiting period since April — was finally given the green light on Monday.

Conditions at Cape Solander, known as Cape Fear, were deemed just right after an intense low pressure system moved down the east coast of Australia. The resulting storm destroying homes and took at least three lives.

As most people are struggling through broken trees and dealing with disappearing coastal houses, the big wave surfers braved the mental waters to take part in the Cape Fear competition with "the world’s most challenging and dangerous waves."

The invite-only competition works in such a way that it is in a waiting period from April to August, with the event being announced just 48 hours before surfers hit the waves. The 16 surfers from around the world will take part in eight head-to-head battles, with surfers judged on the wave size and difficulty. It is not for the faint hearted and the carnage is being live streamed around the world.

By Monday afternoon, the event had been called off due to the treacherous conditions. That's right, weather so wild even the bravest couldn't hack it. Australian surfer Justen "Jughead" Allport was injured in the event, when he got wiped out by a massive wave. According to a spokesperson for Red Bull, he required assistance and was taken to a nearby hospital where he remains in a stable condition. 

You can watch the live stream of the surfers being smashed by waves on Redbull.TV.  It will be live again on Tuesday AEST. 

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