Update: The competition has been run and Jamie Mitchell has taken the win. Check out the WSLs post event photo and video highlight reel here.
The very first Nazaré Challenge has been green lit for Tuesday 20th of December. The famous big wave spot touted as having the biggest waves in the world is the newest addition to the WSL Big Wave Tour. The Swellnet Forecast is predicting swells of between 12 - 15ft from the WNW. This event will also be the very first paddle-in event to take place at the iconic break.
Nazaré is famous for the massive mountains of water that visit it regularly every season. The reason for the frequency and magnitude of the swells that hit the small fishing town is the Nazaré Canyon. This canyon extends from very near shore to deep out off the continental shelf and into the open ocean. This allows swells to funnel through the channel towards Nazaré without losing much power and size from the swell feeling out the ocean floor.
Here you can see a fly through from the deep ocean to the shoreline at Nazaré showing the rough bathymetry of the canyon, here you can see just how deep it compared to the surrounding ocean bed relative to the shore and here you can see a satellite image showing a birds eye view of the whole canyon. Hopefully the canyon works its magic again and delivers another epic Big Wave Tour spectacle. Check out this link for the WSL event site to watch the action live and keep up to date on everything concering this event. Below are some of the recent waves caught and epic wipeouts from Nazaré.
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