After an amazing winter at Nazaré the confirmation of the Big Wave Tour event at Praia do Norte could be considered as the “icing on the cake”. It is now official that the Nazaré Challenge, the third stop of this year’s Big Wave Tour, will run next Saturday.
The Nazaré Challenge was a new addition to the WSL’s Big Wave Tour for the 2016/2017 season, and the first event ran December 20, 2016. Australian Jamie Mitchell won the event with some jaw-dropping performances at the break, which has long been considered inaccessible to paddle-in-surfing. If the 2017/2018 event runs, Mitchell will again be on the roster to defend his event title, while Hawaii’s Kai Lenny, the current Big Wave Tour rankings leaders, will have a shot at redemption, after finishing in 13th place at the 2016 event.
So far this year, 2017/2018 WSL Big Wave Tour has completed its first two events of the season, with Lenny winning the Puerto Escondido Challenge in Mexico and Maui’s Ian Walsh and Paige Alms winning the Pe’ahi Challenge.
Formed in 2009, the Big Wave Tour became part of the WSL in 2014, and has run events at a handful of breaks that had never hosted contests before, including as Nazaré in Portugal and Pe’ahi on Maui’s North Shore. The BWT runs events only when surf reaches the 30-foot-plus mark, mobilizing on 72 hours’ notice with an international field of athletes.
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