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Locals fall short at Cape Fear

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After a slow start, the highly anticipated Cape Fear - the one-of-a-kind invitation-only big wave surfing competition - has wrapped up, with our local hopes just missing out in the final.

A perfect 10 monster barrel from Tasmania's own James Hollmer-Cross wasn't enough to steal victory from Nathan Florence at Ship Stern Bluff today. The competition is the American's first major title.

Twenty of the world’s best big-wave surfers took on the world-famous break, which included wave heights in the 4.5m-6m (15-20ft) range.

Hawaiian surfer Nathan Florence scored 15.16 in the final to beat Australian surfers Laurie Towner (14.10) and Justin Allport (10.91) and Tasmanians Hollmer-Cross (10.00) and Brennan (6.50).

The best local and international thrill-seeking slab surfers including Aussie legend Mick Fanning and 2016 defending champion Russell Bierke made their way to compete, but failed to rule the waves.

Local Michael Brennan said it was exciting to see such a big event in his home state.

“I'm pretty pumped, it’s nice to have everyone here to experience what Ship Stern is about, the place is so beautiful and it’s a really unique wave,” he said.

“It’s not that big today, but there’s still waves and everyone’s having a good time."

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