Top Aussie needs bigger waves
THE Big Wave Tour event in Nazare, Portugal, was run and won last weekend.
Defending champion, Australia’s Jamie Mitchell, finished 11th after the event failed to deliver the monster swell the big-wave champion thrives on.
Swells were biggest on the Saturday of the competition but local winds caused havoc and forced the event to be postponed until the following day.
Unfortunately the waves then dropped considerably to less than 15 foot.
Mitchell will be hoping for much bigger waves at the much-anticipated final event at the famed Mavericks surf break near San Francisco in the USA in the coming weeks.
Young Brazilian Lucas Chianco took out the Portugal competition and is forging quite a reputation at just 22 years of age.
Hawaii’s Billy Kemper placed second in the event and now tops the big-wave rankings overall while fellow Hawaiian, Kai Lenny, looms as his biggest threat in second place.
Mitchell remains a good chance to take out big-wave events but his chances will always be better if the waves are in the massive 45-foot-plus category. Looks like a good forecast with good winds and swells right through the coming four days and beyond. Expect solid waves on the reefs today, right through to Sunday with mostly favourable winds each morning.
CHARGING: Jamie Mitchell (left) dropping into a wave at Nazare, Portugal.