Watch: The Terror Vault // Part 1 - Cape Solander

Stu Nettle
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Tim Bonython's been productive during his COVID downtime, though not filming new swells, as he'd prefer, but sorting through years of old footage and compiling it into a new series: The Terror Vault.

It's not the glory rides he's chosen to highlight, but the opposite, the rides where the wave has its way and the surfer ends up like a bug on the windscreen.

Part 1 is Cape Solander, which, even when it's perfect, is a roll of the dice. For every completed ride - and Tim includes a few in here, see Mark Mathews, Jug, and Mooney who all make it to the channel - there's many more that cop a gruesome swatting.

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JackStance commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 8:49am

I appreciate life is horses for courses, but, for me:

that is one of the best clips I've ever seen.

Breath. Murdoch's empire will one day fail to control our minds.

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ringmaster commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 10:21am

Fucken Mental!!!

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mikehunt207 commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 10:45am

Faaasrk!! Helmet anyone? Thanks again Tim

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Charlie Brown commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 11:06am

I'm a goofy-footed mal rider. Very keen to hit this spot soon.

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Halfscousehalfc... commented Sunday, 3 May 2020 at 8:03am

Yeah I bet you’re chomping at the bit.....

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Optimist commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 12:38pm

I found myself leaning into the wall next to me while watching this. Then afterward I needed a bex and a lie down.

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crg commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 1:45pm

I remember watching that Red Bull comp and absolutely thinking someone was going to die.

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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Brian from Brissy commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 2:15pm

That fella on the jetski with dean Bowen.... is that matt Howard?

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Walk around G commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 6:01pm

Or was it DH.........AGAIN! ;)

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Justint commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 3:16pm

Mental wave. If you do actually make the barrel it seems the onlu way out is to get flung into the air with the backwash and get a mega slap on your back for the effort

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wax-on-danielson commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 3:51pm

Does superman out of the barrel count as a make?

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Denyer commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 10:30am

I think it should be considered a make at this wave.

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Mac Snaps commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 4:20pm

Death by Backwash

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blackers commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 4:37pm

Oh man. That multi step on that wave near the end was just cruel. Bloke makes it over all those hazards only to be caught in the flats and smashed by the lip right on the boil rock. Fun to watch, thanks for sharing Tim.

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wbat commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 5:20pm

That was amazing. Crazy stuff.

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Shaun Hanson commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 5:32pm

Fuk a dead horse batman !! ...all that bendin the wrong way on those wipeouts them fellas are goona hurt come fifty ...im in awe of there comitment ...

Pastmypeak

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Westofthelake commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 5:47pm

Wow that was mental.
So much so I watched it again,
and snapped a couple of snips.







PS - really liked the music, whoever it was

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Denyer commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 10:31am

I remember watching that one on the live stream of Ritchie Vas copping the lip to the back and thought that he was definitely dead.

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GOBS1979 commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 6:21pm

Ooohhhh My Faaaaaak!
Now that was thrilling just watching it .
Looking at those snips, this is the new take on "Doin Airs".
If you want to surf these waves then you have to be able to pull off these airs without killing yourself!
No Helmets!! Insane!!
I would don the helmet, neck brace. hockey face mask, cricket balls box, skateboard knee and shoulder Pads, Double inflatable vest, Webbed paddle gloves, and a wing suit for when I get shot out of the barrel! AND thats only for driving the jet ski!!

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zenagain commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 10:24pm

What? No mouth guard?

You hell-man.

(btw funny)

ps- cool screen grabs above Westy- captured it well.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Bnkref commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 7:37pm

That beating at 6:20 must be one of the worst of all time.

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Rabbits68 commented Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 11:10pm

Epic clip TB. Amazing commitment from all those surfers.

Man v Ocean. Truly incredible how resilient the human body can be.

Crystal Clear

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Halfscousehalfc... commented Sunday, 3 May 2020 at 8:02am

Fear not cape solander local, after watching that I’ve decided that I would never contemplate to surf there.....

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simba commented Sunday, 3 May 2020 at 8:21am

Has anyone died there?...........Cant believe some of those wipeouts,i was cringing just watching.......

simba

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innatube commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 8:07am

Absolutely epic!

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thermalben commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 10:16am

I can't recall the last time I watched a surf clip that had me shuddering so much.

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stunet commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 10:34am

Backwash, yeah?

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zenagain commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 10:54am

Did SN do a piece on that fellow? Didn't he get really messed up? Broken ribs, water in his lungs?

I seem to recall something about that.

Either way, pretty gnarly.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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stunet commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 10:58am

Yeah, broke his ribs.

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t-diddy commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 3:50pm

that's just fukt! Does Tim always use a 'If you like Limp Bizkit...' playlist?

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Remigogo commented Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 1:44pm

You would be feeling a bit limp eating your biscuit after if you were one of that lot.

Well except if you're Mark Matthews of course.

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surfstarved commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 4:43pm

No longer Ours - I'm dubbing it Yours, or Theirs, or Anybody's-Other-Than-Mine.

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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Ben Harding commented Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 1:13pm

haha, ken-oath!

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dylza commented Monday, 4 May 2020 at 9:05pm

Stop f#cking up great surf footage with absolutely woeful music soundtrack selections. Either pick something bloody cool and a bit different or just play the original raw sound of IT Happening sheeeeeeze .... Mr Bonython - if you've read this far.

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Johan Wohlleben commented Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 10:00pm

Crazy, those guys are nuts and no fear-no way they’ll find the loose screws in Botany Bay anytime soon. Charging!

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jfs commented Thursday, 7 May 2020 at 11:35am

Amazing courage and skill displayed. Any reports of injuries ? if not why not ? How are they spared from being lacerated on the reef or rocks as nearly all came to grief. How awesome would it to be there live ( watching ! )

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stunet commented Thursday, 7 May 2020 at 4:22pm

At least one broken back, few broken limbs, many broken bones, and countless lacerations.

The worry isn't so much the proximity of the rock platform - as even when you're close it's hard to hit it becasue of the wash bouncing around - but impacts with the bottom from blown drops. It's shallow where the wave breaks, and close to dry about twenty feet closer in where a barely concealed rock shelf waits for any unlucky punter.

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Gowest commented Thursday, 7 May 2020 at 3:34pm

Pure eeevil.... hardly a fun surf?!

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tonks commented Thursday, 7 May 2020 at 4:36pm

True fucken legends!Absolutely epic footage.Reckon they might be a bit,no a lot sore afterwards!Adios Amigos.

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batfink commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 11:37am

Surfing as punishment for crimes unknown. Hats off to anyone crazy enough, but you won’t see me challenging out there. Crazy shit.

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Thegrowingtrend.com commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 7:54am

My blow up paddle board would fit in to those monster barrels

Nicko

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Blowin commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 8:28am

Does the board bend to accommodate the curve of the wave if you don’t inflate it to maximum pressure ?

11ft inflatable SUP at 10 PSI into 6 foot Solander sounds like a Great Leap Forward for humanity.