Yesterday, patience was key at Nazare. Surfers on the ground could see what was happening in Ireland but had to wait, and wait for that same swell to race down south.
With a few hours of light left, the buoys started to blip. The first XL swell of the season began to breathe life into the Sitio headland, which is the vantage point to watch Nazare's massive liquid mountains.
This swell yesterday came from the WNW, which is not the ideal angle to his Nazare's massive offshore canyon and create those classic-looking triangles out there. The wind was light, but scattered, making for a couple of bumps out there.
“Everyone said it was too big to paddle, I don't believe in limits,” said Santa Cruz's Nic Lamb, after stroking into one of the taller waves of the session yesterday, between the whir and buzz of the dozen-or-so tow teams out there.
Meanwhile, Portugal's Nic Von Rupp teamed up with Sergio Cosme, who was on the headland radioing through when sets were approaching and Pedro Scooby on the ski. “We saw some big first peak waves coming through, bigger than expected. It was at least over 30ft,” said Nic.
Almost 10-years-ago now, in October 2013, Carlos Burle rode what many thought was the biggest wave ever surfed out at Nazare. Yesterday, he was just getting warmed up.
“It was a day to try out boards,” he told Surfline. “It's the start the season and we're getting used to the elements out there. But honestly, everybody is looking to tomorrow, Monday, we're hoping for 50, 60ft faces.”
Stay tuned for the full surf story.