Ambiance during the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge presented by Jogos Santa Casa on December 12, 2021 in Nazare, Portugal. (Photo by Antoine Justes/World Surf League)

A thick fog layer forced event officials to call competition OFF for the day at the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge presented by Jogos Santa Casa

“We waited for a long time but the fog is just not going to lift unfortunately,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “We think for sure that there’s still swell and that it’ll be hanging around for tomorrow. The swell that we’ve been watching is going to peak tonight so we’re keeping the TUDOR Green Alert ON for tomorrow morning.”

Repeated calls since 8 a.m this morning kept hopes alive of the first heat hitting the lineup throughout the day but unfortunately the weather never improved and visibility remained an issue all day.

Event organizers will make the next Call at 8 a.m on Monday to potentially run the event if conditions allow.

When surfers reach the lineup, 2020 standouts Kai Lenny (HAW) and Lucas Chianca (BRA) as well as Justine Dupont (FRA) will be surfing in the first heat.

Official Surfline Forecast: A very active storm period in the North Atlantic has a long run of XXL swell inbound to Nazare this weekend and into early next week. The largest surf is expected to build over the afternoon on Sunday before gradually easing through Monday. As this long period northwest swell peaks late Sunday, we expect wave face size in the 40-50’ range, with the largest waves up to 55’. Good to excellent conditions are expected both Sunday and Monday with light offshore wind.  

The TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Jogos Santa Casa is proudly supported by TUDOR, Jogos Santa Casa, Red Bull, Corona, Hertz, MEO, Portuguese Waves, Visit Portugal, Oeste Portugal, and Nazaré City Council. 

Watch LIVE 
When called ON, the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Presented by Jogos Santa Casa will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app, and the WSL’s YouTube channel. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners. 

COVID-19 Updates
The health and safety of athletes, staff, and the local community are of the utmost importance and the WSL has been working closely with local authorities to put a robust set of procedures in place. This includes testing and advance screening protocols, physical distancing and limited personnel on-site.

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About the WSL 
Established in 1976, the World Surf League (WSL) is the home of the world’s best surfing. 

A global sports, media and entertainment company, the WSL oversees international tours and competitions, a studios division creating over 500+ hours of live and on-demand content, and via affiliate WaveCo, the home of the world’s largest high performance, human-made wave. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.

The WSL annually crowns the men’s and women’s surfing World Champions. The global Tours and Competition division oversees and operates more than 180 global contests each year across the Championship Tour, the development tiers, including the Challenger, Qualifying and Junior Series, as well as longboard and big wave properties.  

Launched in 2019, WSL Studios is an independent producer of unscripted television projects, including documentaries and series, which provide unprecedented access to athletes, events, and locations around the world. WSL events and content are distributed on linear television in over 743M+ homes worldwide and across digital and social media platforms around the world, including WorldSurfLeague.com

WaveCo includes the Surf Ranch Lemoore facility and the utilizing and licensing of the Kelly Slater Wave System.

The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.  

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

About TUDOR
TUDOR is an award-winning Swiss-made watch brand, offering mechanical watches with refined aesthetics, proven reliability and unique value for money. The origins of TUDOR date back to 1926, when “The Tudor” was first registered as a brand on behalf of the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. He created the Montres TUDOR SA Company in 1946 to offer watches with the quality and dependability of a Rolex, at a more affordable price point. Because of their robustness and affordability, throughout their history TUDOR watches have been chosen by the boldest adventurers on land, underwater and on ice. Today, the TUDOR collection includes emblematic models such as Pelagos, Black Bay, 1926 and Royal. Since 2015, TUDOR has also offered mechanical Manufacture Calibres with multiple functions and superior performance.

For more information, please visit TUDORWatch.com.