Praia do Norte, Nazaré: the Portuguese Hawaiian spot

The North Canyon Tow-In Trials presented by Wavejet is on high alert. The yellow flag has been raised and a big swell pump may ignite Nazaré, in Portugal, for perfect big wave riding conditions.

Tow in surf teams will face the power of the waves of Praia do Norte, where Garrett McNamara surfed the biggest wave of all time. The winning team will have a direct right to participate in the international big wave event that will take place until the end of the year 2012.

Ramon Laureano and António Silva (Portugal), Al Mennie and Andrew Cotton (Irlanda/UK), Axi Muniain and Jerome Sahyoun (País Basco/Marrocos), Yuri Soledade and Sebastian Steudtner (Brasil/Alemanha), Benjamin Sanchez and Eric Rebiere (França) and Will Skudin and Cliff Skudin (EUA) will battle for the golden ticket in the 2012 Xtreme Waterman Challenge.

The international big wave championship will be surfed Praia do Norte, Nazaré, as a culmination of a three-year project which started last year with The North Canyon Show project, by Garrett McNamara. This pioneering Portuguese event will showcase the best teams tow in surfing teams in the world.

"After exploring Praia do Norte, I think this is the most challenging place I've ever experienced. I am honoured to be hosting and very excited to see my friends surfing there", said Garrett.