Layback recovery crowns Nic Lamb winner of the 2014 Punta Galea Challenge

December 11, 2014 | Surfing
Nic Lamb: he will always go | Photo: ASP/Damien Poullenot

Nic Lamb rode a Perfect 10 wave to claim the 2014 Punta Galea Challenge, in Getxo, Basque Country, Spain.

Waves in the 30-40 foot range opened the Northern Hemisphere leg of the 2014/2015 Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) season. Punta Galea was incredibly scary, with huge sets coming in below dark grey rainy skies.

Pro big wave surfers transformed fear into commitment. They lost boards to the rocks; they went for impossible duck dives, and they rode giant white water avalanches. Wipeout were spectacular.

The iconic Basque point break of Punta Galea showcased one of the most exciting finals of the Big Wave World Tour history. Having in mind that competitors double their highest wave, a total heat score of 30 points means a flawless performance. And they were near that.

When Makua Rothman secured a 28.60 score on the board, nobody imagined Nic Lamb would outperform the Hawaiian charger by surfing a Perfect 10 liquid mountain, with a layback recovery in the white water. First ever victory for the Santa Cruz rider in his Big Wave World Tour career.

"I'm stoked, over the moon right now. I was in the lead in the beginning then Makua fought back with his two nines. I knew I needed a high-nine and tried to remain cold as ice and wait for the wave and it came through and paid off," explains Lamb.

"Punta Galea is a sick wave, I love this place. There's multiple take-off spots so it's a little tricky. The playing field is pretty large. We still got two more events to go, my goal is to win the title and I'll try my best to do so."

2014 Punta Galea Challenge | Final

1. Nic Lamb (USA), 29.77
2. Makua Rothman (HAW), 28.60
3. Nathan Fletcher (USA), 25.67
4. Gabriel Villaran (PER), 23.69
5. Natxo Gonzalez (EUK), 16.00
6. Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 8.00 uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.