Top Aussie needs big­ger waves

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

Pic­ture: WSL

CHARG­ING: Jamie Mitchell (left) drop­ping into a wave at Nazare, Por­tu­gal.

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