The Portuguese spot of Nazare has been getting a lot of press recently because of the big wave exploits of Andrew Cotton, Garrett McNamara and their crews. It is sometimes forgotten that Nazare is not all about the massive stuff and is also a break that works on smaller swells and last week saw the holding of the Sumol Nazare Special Edition competition and the waves and Bodyboarders were on fire.
Europe’s finest Bodyboarders fought it out on some very meaty wedges and the contest was eventually won by Alex Uranga, who just nudged PLC into second place. There is no denying the big wave Surfers who tackle Nazare at its absolute worst (or best depending on your outlook), are men with nerves of steel, but I’d rather see the wave at this size with a load of Bodyboarders making the most of it and smacking every available lip, than someone outrunning a skyscraper size chunk of whitewater.
Below are two videos of the event, the first shot mainly from the beach, which gives perfect perspective of the size of the swell and the magnitude of some of the tricks and I particularly like the way the video winds down, showing the finish results in numerical order. A drone has been used to capture the footage for the second edit and it makes the conditions look a lot nicer than the first, and is a quality recording mixed with an energetic soundtrack. It is great to see the competition from two different angles and nice to see Nazare at a more manageable size.