Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge 2022

From the first heat Lucas ‘Chumbo’ Chianca burst into the gates, and although they didn’t surf with his usual teammate, Chianca and Nic von Rupp put on a great show. Chianca kicked off with a score of 8.33 after cutting the line with a critical lip turn and passing it. Both surfers upped their scores on their second run and Chianca upped the ante when he launched into a flawless lane on a 25ft wave face.

“We are super happy, we have a special connection there. We are always looking for the same waves and that’s why I think we are the perfect match! Chianca said.

“It’s a really great opportunity, I’ve always looked up to Chumbo,” Von Rupp said. “He’s the guy who always pushes your limits and his, so it’s a pleasure to compete with him.”

Nazaré standout Justine Dupont unfortunately injured her left ankle in her first run which ended her day at Nazaré prematurely.

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Awards celebrate top performance

Chianca retained the Best Male Performance and Best Team Performance titles, this time partnering with Von Rupp.

“I was happy with my waves, and I’m looking forward to learning more and trying to get better with my surfing. I’m super happy to win the best performance and the best team with Nic. We had that connection in the water, that was the best part. I had nothing to say, he picked the waves for me and I just played and he did the same, so that was the best,” Chianca said.

It was a tight battle for the award for best female performance between Michelle Des Bouillons (FRA) and Maya Gabeira (BRA), but patience and experience paid off for the Brazilian who took first place in the last heat. of the day.

Location and format of the event

The 2022 WSL Nazaré Tow Challenge, presented by Jogos Santa Casa, officially kicks off with a 9am start this Thursday, February 10 in the small fishing town of Nazaré, Portugal.

“The swell has arrived and it is quite big. It’s 40-50 feet, maybe we’ll see bigger waves throughout the day. The winds have receded, it’s not as strong as expected so we have some fog, but that’s questionable for a 09:00 start,” said Garrett McNamara, WSL Tours and Competition, Big Wave Consultant.

The peaks of Nazaré

© Alex Papis

  • Team 1 – Red: Lucas Chianca (BRA) and Nic Von Rupp (PRT).
  • Team 2 – Cyan Blue: Justine Dupont (FRA) and Antonio Laureano (FRA).
  • Team 3 – Brown: Andre Cotton (GBR) and Will Skudin (USA).
  • Team 4 – Pink: Rodrigo Koxa (BRA) and Eric Rebiere (FRA).

  • Team 5 – Green: Axi Muniain (EUK) and Francisco Porcella (ITA).

  • Team 6 – Blue: Michelle Bouillons (BRA) and Ian Cosenza (PRT).

  • Team 7 – Yellow: Rafael Tapia (CHL) and Jaime Mitchell (AUS).

  • Team 8 – Purple: João de Macedo (PRT) and Antonio Silva (PRT).

  • Team 9 – Black: Maya Gabeira (BRA) and Pierre Caley (FRA).

The nine teams will be divided into three groups. There will be six 50-minute runs and each group will surf in two runs.

  • Heat 1: Group A – Teams 1, 5 and 8.

  • Heat 2: Group B – Teams 3, 4 and 9.

  • Heat 3: Group C – Teams 2, 6 and 7.

  • Heat 4: Group A – Teams 1, 5 and 8.

  • Heat 5: Group B – Teams 3, 4 and 9.

  • Heat 6: Group C – Teams 2, 6 and 7.

A surfer’s two best waves after both runs will count towards their individual total score, while a surfer’s best wave will count for double points.

The maximum individual total score is 30 points and the scoring scale ranges from 1 to 10 points.

Individual classification: Total of the two best scoring waves (out of a maximum of 30 points).

Team ranking: Total of the two best wave scores of the waves of the two team riders (out of a maximum of 60 points).

  • Best Male Performance Award: Total of the two best scoring waves.

  • Best Female Performance Award: Total of the two best scoring waves.

  • Best Team Performance Award: Total of the two best scoring waves of the two team riders.

  • Jogos Santa Casa Most Committed Award

  • Best Female Performance Award: $9,000.

  • Best Team Performance Award: $10,000.

  • Most Committed Jogos Santa Casa Award: €1,500.

Alemão de Maresias, winner of the Commitment Award, with Chianca, Lenny and Dupont

© WSL/Poullenot

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Savor 6 minutes of Nazaré at its nastiest, courtesy of Hurricane Epsilon:

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Hurricane Epsilon swell in Nazaré

Nazaré’s big wave season is off to a strong start as Hurricane Epsilon brings historic swell to shore.

During the last week of October 2020, a late-season Atlantic hurricane pushed a massive swell to the shores of Western Europe, but no place was bigger, or more in the spotlight, than Nazaré in Portugal. It’s become a bit of a tradition in recent years in Nazaré: autumn is just beginning and a historic swell is rolling over Praia do Norte, taking the pros from zero to 60 in 24 hours.

The scrambling began around Monday, October 26, when a hurricane called Epsilon, which had been circling the Atlantic for weeks, finally set a steady course for Europe. Swell maps have turned red. Then purple. Then black. Better still, the weather conditions for the arrival of the first bands of swell are looking favorable. As the swell continued to rise, all eyes turned south to what big wave surfer Nic Von Rupp calls “the greatest show on Earth”. You guessed it: Nazaré.

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