LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA (Monday, November 6, 2023) – The World Surf League (WSL) 2023/2024 Big Wave season is officially open. This Big Wave season will feature events at two iconic locations: the TUDOR Nazaré Big Wave Challenge in Nazaré, Portugal, and the TUDOR Jaws Big Wave Challenge at Peʻahi on Maui, Hawaii. The holding period to run the competition at Nazaré opens today, and Peʻahi starts on November 10th. Both events’ holding period closes on March 31, 2024.
The WSL Tours and Competition Team will closely monitor the swells and conditions needed to run these events and will call the competition ON once wave heights and weather align for the best possible conditions. The best big wave surfers in the world will be on call to activate at a moment’s notice and travel to one of the two world-class venues.
These events will be a thrilling showcase of the fearless athletes who have wholeheartedly committed their lives to chasing monumental swells and conquering towering waves. With relentless year-round mental and physical training, they stand ready to tackle these colossal challenges head-on. This is their moment to demonstrate their unparalleled prowess, pushing the boundaries of big wave surfing to unprecedented heights while inspiring the world with their unmatched determination and skill.
Big Wave Surfers Prepare for Major Swells
Peʻahi (also known as Jaws) in Maui and Praia do Norte in Nazaré are two of the most renowned and respected waves in the big wave community. Each location is a significant proving ground for the paddle-in and tow-in disciplines, respectively, and the site of historical World Records for the largest waves ever ridden.
Some of the most memorable moments in big wave surfing have happened during these past events. The 2019 Peʻahi event saw massive barrels and heavy wipeouts. The 2022 Nazaré Challenge witnessed the next level of tow surfing as competitors performed technical maneuvers on giant waves.
The WSL Tours and Competition team will look for consistent surf, with a minimum of 25 feet on the face of the wave throughout the competition. Other conditions, such as wind, tide, and fog, will be assessed in the decision to run the competitions. If a large swell tracks toward the contest location(s) with favorable weather conditions, the WSL Tours and Competition team will issue a probable start “Big Wave Yellow Alert” as far as 72 hours out from the potential event run date. If the conditions continue to track favorably, the “Big Wave Green Alert” will be issued, meaning the competition will be ON, and fans can prepare to watch surfers push the limits of what is possible in the next 24 hours.
The WSL is also thrilled to announce the commencement of our Big Wave season in collaboration with Red Bull, marking the fifth-consecutive year of the partnership. As a testament to Red Bull’s unwavering commitment to Big Wave, fans and extreme sports enthusiasts worldwide can experience every heart pounding moment LIVE via Red Bull TV and WorldSurfLeague.com.