Sydney storms have silver lining for big wave daredevils

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Australian surfer Justen Allport escapes a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A surfer's broken board is retrieved from the ocean during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Spectators watch from a clifftop as they watch competition in heavy seas during the Cape Fear surfing tournament off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Surfer Richie Vaculik gets a tow into a wave from a jet ski during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Surfer Riley Laing (L) gets a tow into a wave as a container ships leaves Botany Bay during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Surfer Evan Faulks catches a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Surfer Blake Thornton rides a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Surfer Russell Bierke leaps off his board mid-ride during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Surfer Richie Vaculik wipes out on a large wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Surfer Russell Bierke catches a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Surfer Russell Bierke catches a wave as rescue workers watch from the shore during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian surfer Justin Allport rides a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian surfer Justin Allport rides a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Rescue swimmers brace the neck of Australian surfer Justen Allport with their hands after he wiped out during competition at the Cape Fear surfing tournament off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian surfer Justin Allport wipes out on a wave during the Cape Fear surfing tournament in heavy seas off Sydney's Cape Solander in Australia, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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SYDNEY (Reuters) - The heavy storm that battered eastern Australia over the weekend had a major silver lining for a bunch of big wave surfers in the south of Sydney on Monday.

Attracted by the promise of waves of up to 15 feet (4.5 meters), the daredevil surfers came from around Australia for the Red Bull Cafe Fear challenge in Botany Bay, where Captain Cook landed to claim the country for England in 1770.

They got what they wanted with huge waves crashing into the rocks at the break more correctly called Cape Solander, although ultimately conditions deteriorated to a point where the competition was postponed until Tuesday.

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Several dozen spectators made their way on foot through the national park to watch the surfers carve their way spectacularly down the walls of gray water.

Wipeouts and smashed boards were far more common than completed waves, however, and Justen 'Jughead' Allport, who led the standings after day one, had a neck brace fitted in the water by rescue swimmers after being hammered by a torrent of boiling froth in the opening heat.

Organizers said the contest would resume on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Jason Reed; Writing by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O'Brien)

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