Tow only at Nazare the past few days. A huge pulse of swell has been dominating the shores of Praia do Norte, with yesterday proving the crux of it all. And, pop quiz, who would be on your list for turning up to such an event? Kai Lenny? He's there. Chumbo, of course. Sebastian Steudtner, check. Would you have flung, say, newly-minted world champ Italo Ferreira up there as well?
If you did, kudos. Because yesterday Mr Ferreira proved he's more than just a CT surfer, handling himself and navigating the nuance of Nazare as it goes XXL. “That was epic, but wish I could surf it smaller to get a bit more confidence,” he confides in our stationed lensman Helio Antonio. Can't blame him, really – but by all accounts, the champ looked focussed and calm with a large mound of liquid fervour at his back. Who knew.
Also, yesterday saw the Gigantes de Nazare tow-only event run in pumping conditions. The window for it opened on the 10th and has been on going on for four days now, with the final day of competition slated for today, Wednesday 15th. This is a separate entity to the WSL's own tow event that is slated to go when it's big (yet safe) enough, with various surfers repping their different teams and countries.
Chumbo got a few huge ones, because of course he did. Sebastian Steudtner may just be the standout at Nazare right now. His level of commitment and knowledge is unparalleled and a shade above the rest of the field. Given he's one of the pioneers of that realm, it's no surprise really. Kai Lenny's flare and flashiness is always wonderful to watch as usual, toying with Nazare like dog with bone.
Let's break down the swell signature for this one. If you'd like to take a look at the in depth details, you can click the historic tab under forecasts on the Nazare spot page to see all data from our archive, just enter the dates you want to see and hit go, this'll bring up the swell pattern, wind and more.
The swell capped out at 15ft@16 seconds, with a SE wind grooming the behemoth. Swell arrived from WNW, helping to create that canyon effect which magnifies those Nazare waves, there's just enough NW in it to create some of those classic A frames we love seeing out of that part of the world.
The swell will hold steady through today but is due to drop tomorrow, so make sure you keep an eye on our live Nazare cam HERE.