The TUDOR Green Alert Countdown is ON for the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge Presented by Jogos Santa Casa. Credit: © WSL 

  • Green Alert Called for Nazaré, Tow-in Teams Prepare for Event Start
  • Red Bull Joins Big Wave Competitions as Exclusive Live Streaming Partner
  • Next Call: Thursday, February 10 at 8:30 AM GMT
  • More Available at WorldSurfLeague.com

The World Surf League (WSL) TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge Presented by Jogos Santa Casa is preparing to start the competition on Thursday, February 10 at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. The TUDOR Green Alert was issued, meaning there is a high likelihood to run the competition, and event organizers will share the next competition update on Thursday, February 10, at 8:30 a.m. GMT.

The call has been made to 18 of the best big wave surfers on the planet to start making their way towards Portugal for the tow-in surfing competition in Nazaré. Forecasts indicate ideal winds and clean conditions, with waves in the 40-to-55-foot range.

The TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge Presented by Jogos Santa Casa will be a one-day, specialty event with tow-in surfing teams. There will be nine teams made up of two competitors in each team. The teams will be divided into three groups with three teams in each group. The competition will have a total of six 60-minute heats, where each group will participate in two heats, with each team alternating between surfing and driving the team’s jet ski.

A surfer’s best two waves after surfing both heats will count to an individual total score, with the best wave counting as double points. In total, a surfer’s maximum individual score will be 30 points, as each wave is scored from 1-10 points. Surfers will be awarded across multiple categories at the end of the competition day. 

TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Jogos Santa Casa Invitees:
Team Red: Lucas Chianca (BRA), Nic Von Rupp (PRT)
Team Cyan Blue: Justine Dupont (FRA), Antonio Laureano (FRA)
Team Brown: Andrew Cotton (GBR), Will Skudin (USA)
Team Pink: Rodrigo Koxa (BRA), Eric Rebiere (FRA)
Team Green: Axi Muniain (EUK), Francisco Porcella (ITA)
Team Blue: Michelle Bouillons (BRA), Ian Cosenza (PRT)
Team Yellow: Rafael Tapia (CHL), Jaime Mitchell (AUS)
Team Purple: Joao de Macedo (PRT), Antonio Silva (PRT)
Team Black: Maya Gabeira (BRA), Pierre Caley (FRA)

Four awards will be distributed at the end of the day: 

  • Men’s Best Performance: Male surfer with the highest 2 scoring waves
  • Women’s Best Performance: Female surfer with the highest 2 scoring waves
  • Best Team Performance: Total of best two scoring rides of both team riders
  • Jogos Santa Casa Most Committed Award: Awarded to the surfer who shows the most commitment throughout the day

Red Bull Joins Big Wave Competitions as Exclusive Live Streaming Partner
Starting in 2022, Red Bull is the exclusive live streaming partner for the WSL Big Wave competitions. Red Bull has a rich history in surfing dating back nearly 25 years and is synonymous with athletes, extreme action, and content. Red Bull has entered into the three-year global partnership with the WSL to continue to strengthen and solidify its footprint in surfing globally. The upcoming TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Jogos Santa Casa will be broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV and WorldSurfLeague.com

Surfline Forecast for the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Jogos Santa Casa 
An incredible week of surf at Nazaré will be highlighted by an XXL swell that will arrive and peak through the day on Thursday. This swell will come from a huge storm currently in between Greenland and Iceland, which is producing hurricane-force wind and seas of 50-60 feet. While the strongest wind and seas are not pointed at Nazaré, there is an area of the storm off the tip of Greenland that is well aimed at Portugal. 

We’ll see a long period swell build Wednesday afternoon, although we expect the strongest waves Thursday morning. We expect wave face size in the 40-55’ range all day with great shape thanks to the favorable swell direction and swell period. 

Wind and conditions look good to excellent on Thursday with light SE to ESE through the morning (offshore at Nazaré). That will follow a few days of either light or offshore wind, too, so conditions should be buttery. We may see wind trend weakly onshore Thursday afternoon, but that will likely mean glassy conditions persist. 

Watch LIVE
Watch the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge pres. by Jogos Santa Casa live on Red Bull TV and WorldSurfLeague.com.

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. 

For more information, visit WorldSurfLeague.com

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.