Kalk Bay is famous for its delicious eateries, bohemian and electric atmosphere, the celebration of incredible art work and of course, the harbour side fish market. The seaside suburb is also known for its massive winter waves.

As winter settles in across the Cape, the first real cold front of the season rolled in this week. With it, came snow and swells.

Photographer Robyn Gwilt took to Kalk Bay to photograph the mighty ocean on Friday [June 12] and the surfers braving the waves.

The pier is the perfect place to photograph beautiful seascapes. It’s not so great when a storm is brewing.

Gwilt explained in a Facebook post that an unknown man was watching the surfers when a set of massive waves began to roll in.

She wrote: “When you see the swell, watch the surfers catching huge winter waves, and you think you can mosey to the end of the Wall -You get wet by the first wave, and then it’s run for your life, but nature doesn’t wait! #DarwinAwardNominee – he got swept off, but apparently could swim and got hauled out with a rope!”

Take a look at the terrifying moment below:

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Picture/s: Robyn Gwilt

Article written by

Imogen Searra