World Surf League Big Wave Season

Since Winter 2021/2022, TUDOR is partnering with the World Surf League on its two legendary Big Wave Season events, the TUDOR Nazaré Big Wave Challenge in Nazaré, Portugal and the TUDOR Jaws Big Wave Challenge in Maui, Hawaii.

Big wave surfing is both daring and exclusive. Only a handful of women and men worldwide can surf high monster waves of Nazaré, the Portuguese fishing town that is home of the tallest surfable waves in the world. Not many more dare to venture out at Jaws (Pe’ahi) in Maui, Hawaii on any day of the year. The official holding period for the WSL Big Wave Season competitions runs from November 1st, 2023 through March 31st, 2024. Each competition will take place on the best day of waves during the holding period and event officials will monitor swell-producing storms, watching for the precise conditions that will produce waves in the competition range. Once the call is made the competitors will have 72-hours notice to travel to these destinations and be ready to compete. In keeping with its founding #BornToDare spirit, TUDOR will be the title partner of both the Nazaré and the Jaws events.

About Nazaré

Twelve years ago, almost nobody in the surfing world had heard of Nazaré, a tranquil fishing town north of Lisbon. Then in 2011, Garrett McNamara surfed a 24-meter giant wave and Nazaré instantly became world-famous and the cliff-top vantage point of Fort de São Miguel Arcanjo, became an iconic image of daring, extreme sports. McNamara had previously been tipped-off by a bodyboarder friend and though a little skeptical, visited the surf spot. The rest is history. The unique configuration of the sea bottom at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, with its combination of sandy bottom and immense underwater canyon that channels all the power of the ocean, generates the tallest waves ever surfed by humans. The intimidating power of these waves makes Nazaré a tow surfing spot, meaning that surfers are taken to the peak, launched and picked-up after the ride by jet-skis, which also keeps the surfers safe.

About Jaws

When it comes to paddle-in big-wave surfing, Peʻahi aka Jaws is the gold standard. The Pe’ahi break on the North shore of Maui, Hawaii has made the careers of some of the biggest names in the sport, was a center in the development of tow surfing, and has now become an arena for some of the heaviest paddle-in sessions imaginable. What makes Jaws such a spectacular big wave venue is its water depth, specifically the sudden change in the seabed from very deep to relatively shallow. There is an extremely deep trench uncommonly close to shore, which comes up from around 30 to 6 meters. Beyond the immense power and high-speed waves, Jaws is also renowned for its gigantic tubes through the intimidating west bowl. Contrary to the TUDOR Nazaré Big Wave Challenge, surfers compete at the TUDOR Jaws Big Wave Challenge under their own paddle power, in an individual competition format.


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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.

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