Australian Storm Sees Daredevil Surfers Risk Lives At Red Bull's Cape Fear Competition

The weather brought massive destruction, but it also brought waves.

Eastern Australia has been battered by flooding, high winds and torrential rain, leaving several dead and millions of pounds worth of damage in its wake.

But it also brought with it huge waves.

Some of the world's best surfers on Monday risked their lives, taking on a six-metre swell to compete at Red Bull's Cape Fear competition.

Three surfers were reportedly hospitalised at the last-minute event at Cape Solander, a hidden break off Kamay Botany Bay National Park. The event was said to have later been called off.

Australian surfer Justin Allport was said to have been knocked out underwater where he also suffered a gash to his forehead.

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Torrential rain over the weekend saw streets and homes flooded while wind gusts up to 120km per hour brought down trees and powerlines. A king tide also saw beachside homes evacuated on Sydney's northern beaches as large waves erode the coast.
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Surfer Russel Bierke wipes out on a huge waves during Cape Fear
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Officials stand near a swimming pool and houses that suffered damage after severe weather that brought strong winds and heavy rain to the east coast of Australia at Collaroy beach in Sydney
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Surfer Russell Bierke leaps off his board mid-ride during the Cape Fear surfing tournament
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Local residents look at the damage caused by a severe storm at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches
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A man stands inside an area of The Beach Club after it was damaged by severe weather
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A surfers board washes up against the cliffs during a surfing competition at Cape Fear
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Spectators watch the surfing competition from a clifftop
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A wave crashes against a swimming pool and properties after they were damaged by severe weather
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Residents and onlookers inspect the damage to property and a rock wall after severe weather brought strong winds and heavy rain to the east coast of Australia at Collaroy beach in Sydney
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Surfer Evan Faulks catches a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament
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Surfer Richie Vaculik wipes out on a large wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament
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A man looks at the damage caused by a severe storm at Collaroy in Sydney
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Australian surfer Justin Allport rides a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament
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A surfer's broken board is retrieved from the ocean during the Cape Fear surfing tournament
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Australian surfer Justin Allport wipes out on a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament
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A local resident looks at the damage caused by a severe storm at Collaroy
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Evacuated houses are hit by big waves after torrential rains at Collaroy beach on June 6
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A man walks next to a house affected by torrential rains at Collaroy beach
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Australian surfer Justin Allport rides a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament
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A man watches a wave hit a rock pool at Curl Curl beach as a large swell hits the east coast of Australia
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A large wave splashes onto properties located on Collaroy Beach
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A man looks over a cliff as large waves batter the coastline near Coogee Beach in Sydney
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Surfer Richie Vaculik rides a huge wave during the Cape Fear contest
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Pedestrians walk across a destroyed walkway near Manly beach
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An onlooker is drenched by a wave as he looks at damage to property and a rock wall
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Justen 'Jughead' Allport of Australia competes during the Red Bull Cape Fear surfing event
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Pedestrians walk across a destroyed walkway near Manly beach in Sydney
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Evan Faulks rides a monster wave during the Cape Fear contest
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An inground pool sits amongst the rocks after a severe storm at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches
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A man watches a wave hit a rock pool at Curl Curl beach as large swell hits the east coast of Australia
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Huge waves break during the surfing contest at Cape Fear
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Local residents look at the damage caused by a severe storm as two surfers enter the water at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches
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Local residents look at the damage caused to a building by a severe storm at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches
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Damage caused to houses by a severe storm at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches
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Local residents look at the damage caused by a severe storm at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches
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A surfer takes advantage of the giant swells a severe storm at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches
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Local residents look at the damage caused to a building by a severe storm at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches
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Pedestrians walk next to destroyed toilets near Manly beach in Sydney
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A surfer walks across a destroyed walkway near Manly beach in Sydney
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Justen 'Jughead' Allport of Australia wipes out as he competes during the Red Bull Cape Fear surfing event at Cape Solander
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Waves are seen close to an apartments building at Collaroy beach on June 6

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