The 2017 Cape Hatteras Wave Classic presented by Patagonia lined up with what some have been calling a “perfect storm”. Hurricane Jose posted up just offshore of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, sending pumping swell and strong wind for conditions that tested competitors limits in powerful surf. 24 men and 6 women entered to compete for $10,000 in prize money. The stage was set, conditions were firing and the competitors put on an incredible show with Hatteras local Reider Decker claiming first place in the men’s division.