Green light for the 2013 Arnette Punta Galea Challenge

December 19, 2013 | Surfing
Punta Galea Challenge: big wave surfing in the Basque Country

The 2013 Arnette Punta Galea Challenge will be run on the 22nd December, in the Basque Country, Spain.

The European big wave surfing event has been given green light, as the North Atlantic fires a deep water swell of 18-20'+ inside the bay of Biscay, with a long 16-19 second swell period that will offer waves in the 30+ foot face range.

The Punta Galea Challenge is the third stop on the Big Wave World Tour schedule, after the Quiksilver Ceremonial Chile and the Billabong Pico Alto. However, these two stages have been cancelled due to poor surf conditions.

The Spanish event will take place in the town of Getxo, located 15 kilometers from Bilboa, Basque Country. The right hand point break offers long carving walls and barrel sections. The currents are some of the strongest in the world.

The wave breaks at the bottom of a 60-meter cliff, on the right-hand side of the Abra Bay opposite Bilbao Commercial Harbor. Easily reached by boat, the spot is located less than three miles away from the Puerto Deportivo of Getxo.

European big wave riders such as last year's winner, 17 year old, Natxo Gonzalez, Indar Unanue, Jaime Fernandez, Axier Muniain, and others will be pitted against International standouts such as Peter Mel, Greg Long, Grant "Twiggy" Baker and Carlos Burle for $50,000 USD in prize money and valuable points towards the Big Wave World Tour Title race.

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