Big Wave Tour Season Kicks Off This Friday in Nazaré

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A west-northwest swell is moving towards Portugal and it’s significant enough that the World Surf League has announced that the Nazaré contest will be held later this week. The forecast is predicting waves in the 20-30 foot range with some potential 35 footers rolling in. Though not huge by Nazaré standards, it’s still a good swell and a welcome one by surfers who are excited to be able to paddle in.

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"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."

The contest will mark the first stop in this year’s Big Wave Tour. The athletes participating are: Billy Kemper, Kai Lenny, Ian Walsh, Makuakai Rothman, Lucas Chianca, Jamie Mitchell, Tom Lowe, Alex Botelho, Greg Long, Natxo Gonzalez, Will Skudin, Grant Baker, Nathan Florence, Jojo Roper, Russell Bierke, João De Macedo, Rodrigo Koxa, Antonio Silva, Hugo Vau, Nic Von Rupp, João Guedes, Three WSL BWT Invitees TBD by WSL BWT Commissioner.

Here's what the waves were looking like on November 10th:

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