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NAZARÉ GREEN ALERT | The BIG WAVE Surfing Challenge to RUN February 11th!

The Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge presented by Jogos Santa Casa has officially been called on. The world’s best big wave surfers will take on the Guinness World Record-setting waves of Nazaré.

After a frustrating season of big swells ruined by bad winds and vice versa, the Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge is a go.

At 8am, this Tuesday the 11th - local time, 7pm AEST - the contest will kick off.

According to the WSL’s press release, “the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge will feature 10 teams comprised of two athletes, alternating between surfing and driving the team’s ski. Each team will compete twice in an hour-long heat with a priority system to ensure all riders get their shot at some of the best and biggest waves on the day.”

Those teams are as follows:

Team World: Sebastian Steudtner (DEU) & Maya Gabeira (BRA)
Team Brazil: Rodrigo Koxa (BRA) & Pedro Scooby (BRA)
Team Great Britain: Andrew Cotton (GBR) & Tom Butler (GBR)
Team Australia: Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) & Mick Corbett (AUS)
Team Portugal: Alex Botelho (PRT) & Hugo Vau (PRT)
Team Young Bulls: Lucas Chianca (BRA) & Kai Lenny (HAW)
Team Europe: Nic von Rupp (PRT) & Francisco Porcella (ITA)
Team France: Benjamin Sanchis (FRA) & Eric Rebiere (FRA)
Team Atlantic: Grant Baker (ZAF) & Antonio Silva (PRT)

Team Justine: Justine Dupont (FRA) surfer only/Fred David driver only

While the event will be broadcast live, the biggest difference between the new Nazaré Tow Challenge and other big-wave events (aside from it being the first tow-event in WSL history), is there won’t be a single champion crowned at the end of day. Rather, “when the competition wraps, a nominating panel will examine the video evidence and select the biggest, best-ridden waves of the day as finalists. At an awards ceremony later in the day the athletes themselves, along with a group of expert judges, will review the nominated rides and place their votes in an assortment of categories, including Men’s Wave of the Day, Women’s Wave of the Day, Team Champions and the Jogos Santa Casa Commitment Award.”

Watch live on worldsurfleague.com and the free WSL app.

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