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Prime Cape Town waves captivate surfers

Surfers lucky enough to be in Cape Town, South Africa are seeing phenomenal waves today.

Swells approaching 20 feet may look intimidating in these photos, but imagine the feeling of paddling a surfboard headlong into them.

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A surfer paddles over a breaking wave at an offshore reef in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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Josh Redman of South Africa surfs a wave at an offshore reef in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 27.

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Mickey Duffus, left, and Grant Baker from South Africa surf a wave at an offshore reef in Cape Town, South Africa, on Sept. 27.

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South African surfers ride a wave at an offshore reef in Cape Town, South Africa on Sept. 27.

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Dave Smith, of South Africa wipes out while surfing at an offshore reef in Cape Town, South Africa on Sept. 27.

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