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Green Alert: Nazaré Challenge Called ON

"We've officially issued a Green Alert to run the Nazaré Challenge on Friday, November 16," said Mike Parsons, 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."

Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:

A developing storm near Greenland is expected to produce a strong WNW swell for Friday. Confidence is medium to high for a swell to provide good surf throughout the day. We expect to see wave face size in the 20-30' range through the day on Friday, with the very largest sets of the morning up to 35'.

While this isn't a giant swell, especially by Nazare standards, local wind and conditions look about as good as it gets on Friday: light+ offshore ESE wind through the morning, trending more SE (still offshore) for the early afternoon hours, generally below 10 knots. Furthermore, the two previous days (Wednesday-Thursday) are also expected to see light offshore wind and small swell, which should mean conditions are extra clean on Friday.

Nazaré Challenge Competitor List:

WSL Big Wave Tour Top Ten Seeds: Billy Kemper, Kai Lenny, Ian Walsh, Makuakai Rothman, Lucas Chianca, Jamie Mitchell, Tom Lowe, Alex Botelho, Greg Long, Natxo Gonzalez

Injury Wildcard: Will Skudin

BWA Performer of the Year Qualifiers: Grant Baker, Nathan Florence, Jojo Roper, Russell Bierke

Nazaré Event Invitees: João De Macedo, Rodrigo Koxa, Antonio Silva, Hugo Vau, Nic von Rupp, João Guedes

WSL Big Wave Tour Invitees: Three to be selected on Green Light


BWA Performer of the Year Alternate: Ryan Hipwood

Nazaré Event Invitee Alternates: Andrew Cotton, Tom Butler, Axier Muniain

If called on, the WSL Nazaré Challenge will broadcast LIVE on Facebook and (no Facebook login required for desktop viewing).

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Round 1

Heat 1: Billy Kemper | Lucas Chianca | Greg Long | Nathan Florence | Francisco Porcella | Antonio Silva

Heat 2: Ian Walsh | Tom Lowe | Will Skudin | Russell Bierke | João De Macedo | Rodrigo Koxa

Heat 3: Kai Lenny | Jamie Mitchell | Natxo Gonzalez | Jojo Roper | Pedro Calado | Hugo Vau

Heat 4: Makuakai Rothman | Alex Botelho | Grant Baker | Nic Lamb | Nic von Rupp | João Guedes

Stay tuned!

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