As the years go by, Nazaré will be known more and more as the capital of big wave surfing. This portuguese town had the most entries in most categories and a lot of the finalists in the event had been surfed in Nazaré.
In the end, after much deliberation, it took one of the most prestigious categories of the event, the Tag Heuer XXL Biggest Wave. As the name mentions, the category awards a prize to the biggest wave surf on planet earth in the 2016/17 season and it was a ride by Francisco Porcella in Praia do Norte.
A Portuguese photographer who has become a fixture in the Nazaré surf scene, Bruno Baleixo, was the man who captured the picture. Bruno had many entries in the event but this one stood out the most and took top honors and a hefty prize for his dedication to this amazing surf spot.