Last month’s fatal shark attack has reignited a long-standing feud between South African surfers, cage-diving operators and local authorities. Central to the issue is the controversial method of chumming, used to coax White sharks closer to shore. Opponents say the recent decision to allow documentary filmmakers to drop five tons of chum over a 20 day period in the waters off Cape Town, is at least partially responsible for the recent death of 20-year-old bodyboarder, David Lilienfeld, at the popular surf spot, Caves.
Caves is not what you would call a dangerous break. Nestled inside False Bay, SA, it packs a solid punch, but the slingshot wedges and shallow tubes are more skatepark than slab and have kept the local surfing community sated on a diet of quality waves for decades.