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Kai Lenny & Justine Dupont sind die großen Gewinner der Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge

Die Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. By Jogos Santa Casa ist geschafft.

Leider nicht ganz ohne einen bitteren Nachgeschmack, denn trotz grandioser Wellen und einem ausgezeichneten Rettungsteam liegt der portugiesische Surfer Alex Botelho im Krankenhaus unter Beobachtung. Ihm geht es wohl den Umständen entsprechend gut und wird nur zur weiteren Kontrolle im Krankenhaus behalten. Solche Zwischenfälle lassen sich sicher nicht vermeiden, wenn wir auf der Suche nach noch mehr Action und Rekorden sind. Alles in allem verlief der Contest jedoch wie geplant und das 6- stündige Sessions Format kam bei den meisten Surfern gut an.

“This event has almost been a lifetime in the making,” so Bill Sharp, Big Wave Tour General Manager . “It’s just fantastic to experience with a completely different format, essentially a day-long expression session without worrying about advancing or giving a score before a certain amount of time. Everything has come together and today was one of the best days in big wave surfing’s history.”

Nach einem Screening der besten Wellen gestern Abend konnten die Surfer sich gegenseitig wählen und am Ende war Kai Lenny der Sieger des Tages. Er holte sich nicht nur den “Men’s Wave of the Day” Titel, sondern auch mit seinem Partner Lucas Chianca den “Team Champions” Award. Bei den Damen war es die XXL Welle von Justine Dupont, die die Surfer begeistert hat. Ein großer Dank und der “Jogos Santa Casa Commitment Award” ging völlig zurecht an das Water Safety Team, die sich trotz heftigster Bedingungen gut abgestimmt, um alle verunglückten Surfer kümmerten.

Justine Dupont – Women’s Wave of the Day

“I was so lucky I had a really nice wave at the beginning of the heat so then we felt pretty comfortable out there,” Dupont said. “I’m really happy, Fred and I had a good rhythm and Clement was there to pick me up after all the waves. All the work that we’ve done this past year has really paid off. There were some really big waves, maybe not giant, but altogether the conditions were perfect for competition.”

Kai Lenny – Men’s Wave of the Day

“I wouldn’t have been able to ride this wave without Lucas so it’s as much his award as it is mine,” Lenny said. “That’s what is cool about tow-in surfing, I’ve spent the last couple of years competing against him in paddling events and it was great to finally get to team up and have the camaraderie to do it. He whipped me into that right just as we were riding back out, that wave just looked like it was going to wedge and it turned out way bigger than I thought it would be.”

Lenny and Lucas Chianca – Team Champions

“We haven’t had that much training together, only a couple of sessions,” so Chianca. “But when I see Kai perform I think it just matches perfectly with the way I like to ride as well. We drive for each other like we really want and it feels really comfortable.”

Water Safety Team – Jogos Santa Casa Commitment Award

“Those 19 surfers involved are 19 of the best water safety rescue people in the world,” Bill Sharp described. “So for the athlete riding a wave, your driver is your first line of defense. Each team also has their own back-up rescue operator, then we have a third layer which is a WSL crew in case someone is missed by the first two. Finally, we have the medical response on the beach with doctors and on boats.”

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