Praia do Norte: the world's best bodyboarders compete in Nazaré | Photo: APB

The world's best bodyboarders prepare to ride one of the most challenging waves on the planet. It's time for the Nazaré Pro 2016.

The penultimate event of the 2016 APB World Tour season runs from October 3rd-11th in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal. A new world champion can be crowned here, and the wave forecast is undoubtedly promising.

However, the season is over for the current world champion Jared Houston. The South African suffered a severe dislocation of his left shoulder while training in the Portuguese big wave surf spot.

"With difficulty and some help from a surfer I reached the shore. Friends and fellow competitors alike reacted really quickly and were able to get an ambulance sent from a nearby town," explained Houston.

The 2015 APB World Tour champion will travel back home to Puerto Rico for further medical exams and rehabilitation. Jared Houston will return fresh and fit for the 2017 season.

The good news is that his fellow countryman Iain Campbell is en route to a world title shot. The South African leads the rankings, and a competent performance in Nazaré will put him in a very comfortable spot. Campbell has already tasted the power of the Portuguese wave.

"Hands down the best beach break I have ever seen and ridden. I was lucky enough to get some in between the sets," underlined Iain.

But the young talent from Durban will have his footsteps closely followed by an incredible pack of riders - Amaury Lavernhe, Pierre-Louis Costes, Alex Uranga, and Jeff Hubbard will use their trumps to steal the event's trophy from the ratings leader.

Finally, the Trials. Eight rider earned a golden ticket to the main event: William Lourenco, Anas Haddar, Julien Miremont, Eric Gamez, Cristian Perez, Martin Mouradian, Andre Bernardo, and Nicolas Rosner will mix up with the pros.