Da kommt was auf uns zu! Für den kommenden Freitag hat die World Surf League grünes Licht für den Start der Nazaré Challenge in Nazaré, Portugal gegeben. Am 6. November ist ein WNW Swell angesagt, der den Ansprüchen der Big Wave Tour entsprechen sollte.
„We’ve officially issued a Green Alert to run the Nazaré Challenge on Friday, November 16,“ so Mike Parsons, der WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner. „The conditions we’ve been closely tracking still look favorable for Friday. We hope to see epic waves for the surfers to paddle into in the 25-35-foot face range. The swell and the winds are expected to all come together and be very clean to kick off the Big Wave Tour season.“
Es ist bereits die dritte Nazaré Challenge mit Gewinnern wie Lucas „Chumbo“ Chianca (BRA), Big Wave Tour Champion Billy Kemper (HAW) und waterman Kai Lenny (HAW).
“I’ve been doing some big wave training and feeling out some new boards. With Nazaré looming, you have to be ready and feel comfortable on big boards. Nazaré is usually too big and we are waiting for a swell that is not 100 feet so we can paddle it. If I catch a really big wave, I might as well do some really big turns. Nazaré is not really the most ideal place for turns. It is more survival. Just survive. Just trying to prepare myself mentally. If you go to Nazaré, you will probably get smoked no matter what, so you have to be prepared.” so Lenny.