The Big Wave Tour (BWT) has added Nazaré's Praia do Norte to the 2016/2017 schedule.
The circuit managed by the World Surf League announced that the Portuguese beach break will challenge the world's best big wave riders. The new calendar showcases six breaks, three in each hemisphere.
But there's more: the schedule includes a brand new female competition and a qualifying series. Surfers will travel to Chile, Peru, Mexico, Hawaii and Portugal.
"Going into the seventh year of the Big Wave Tour, it looks to be more exciting than ever with the addition of Nazaré, Portugal as a new venue," notes Gary Linden, vice-president of the BWT.
"Nazaré has been long considered a spot inaccessible to paddle-in-surfing, but those barriers have been broken, and it is time for the true test, a big wave event. Continuing the unfolding of the original Tour plan, this year will also feature a Women's Championship event and the initiation of the Big Wave Qualifying Circuit. The big wave culture is alive and well."
The 24 riders on the 2016/2017 Big Wave Tour will be the top 10 finishers of the 2015/2016 season, six event wildcards, three BWT wildcards, one injury wildcard, and the top 4 "Performance of the Year Award" recipients.
Big Wave Tour 2016/2017 | Schedule
Southern Hemisphere: April 27 - August 31, 2016 Quiksilver Punta de Lobos Challenge: Punta de Lobos, Chile Billabong Pico Alto Challenge: Pico Alto, Peru Puerto Escondido Challenge: Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Northern Hemisphere: October 15, 2016 - February 28, 2017 Pe'ahi Challenge: Haiku, Hawaii Todos Santos Challenge: Todos Santos, Mexico Nazaré Challenge: Nazaré, Portugal
BWT Qualifying Series | October 15, 2016 - February 28, 2017