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Surfers battle 45ft waves in competition after Storm Ciara creates ‘exceptional’ weather conditions in Portugal

  • The competition, held in the Portuguese fishing village of Nazare, was treated to perfect weather conditions
  • Active storms in the North Atlantic, together with light winds, whipped up ideal waves on the coastline
  • Portuguese star Alex Botelho was pulled from the water unconscious before he was rushed to hospital

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Surfers battled 45ft waves to compete for the top spot at the World Surf League in Portugal on Tuesday, after a swell caused by Storm Ciara created ‘exceptional’ weather conditions for the event. 

The competition, which is held in the ancient fishing village of Nazare, was treated to near-perfect forecast, as active storms in the North Atlantic, together with light winds, whipped up ideal waves on the coast. 

Breathtaking photos show surfers gliding over enormous waves and taking air before miraculously reaching the shore through treacherous whitewater during the nail-biting spectacle. 

But one Portuguese star wasn’t so lucky and was rushed to hospital after he was pummelled by an approaching wave when being towed by a jet-ski.

Rescuers pulled Alex Botelho from the water unconscious and was treated at the scene before he was taken to hospital. He is now said to be stable and conscious. 

The competition, which traditionally featured a male-only paddle competition, even made history for allowing women for the first time in mixed-gender teams. 

For the first time ever, Brazilian record holder Maya Gabeira and French surfing legend Justine Dupont competed with men in pairs as part of a new format for the event where competitors alternate between surfing and driving a jet ski. 

Nazare’s breathtaking waves are caused by 5km deep and 200km wide underwater canyon ending just before the town’s shoreline, with the event making sure to take advantage of the ‘exceptional’ weather conditions, the World Surf League said. 

Surfers battled 45ft waves in Portugal to compete for the top spot at the World Surf League in Portugal on Tuesday, after a swell caused by Storm Ciara created ‘exceptional’ weather conditions for the event

The competition, which is held in the ancient fishing village of Nazare known, was treated to near-perfect forecast, as active storms in the North Atlantic, together with light winds, whipped up ideal waves

The competition, which is held in the ancient fishing village of Nazare known, was treated to near-perfect forecast, as active storms in the North Atlantic, together with light winds, whipped up ideal waves

The competition, which traditionally featured a male-only paddle competition, even made history for allowing women for the first time in mixed-gender teams

The competition, which traditionally featured a male-only paddle competition, even made history for allowing women for the first time in mixed-gender teams

One Portuguese star wasn't so lucky and was rushed to hospital after being towed by a jetski when he was pummelled by an approaching wave

One Portuguese star wasn’t so lucky and was rushed to hospital after being towed by a jetski when he was pummelled by an approaching wave

Rescuers pulled Alex Botelho from the water unconscious and was treated at the scene before he was taken to hospital. He is now said to be stable and conscious

Rescuers pulled Alex Botelho from the water unconscious and was treated at the scene before he was taken to hospital. He is now said to be stable and conscious

Nazare's breathtaking waves are caused by 5km deep and 200km wide underwater canyon ending just before the town's shoreline

Nazare’s breathtaking waves are caused by 5km deep and 200km wide underwater canyon ending just before the town’s shoreline

Surfers and technical team help the Portuguese surfer Alex Botelho who got injured during the Nazare Tour Surfing Challenge, the 5th stage of the Big Wave Tour, of the World Surf League

Surfers and technical team help the Portuguese surfer Alex Botelho who got injured during the Nazare Tour Surfing Challenge, the 5th stage of the Big Wave Tour, of the World Surf League

For the first time ever, Brazilian Guinness World Record holder Maya Gabeira and French surfing legend Justine Dupont competed with men in pairs as part of a new format for the event where competitors alternate between surfing and driving a jet ski

For the first time ever, Brazilian Guinness World Record holder Maya Gabeira and French surfing legend Justine Dupont competed with men in pairs as part of a new format for the event where competitors alternate between surfing and driving a jet ski

Surfer Sebastian Steudtner is seen riding a wave. The big wave competition that took place on the Praia do Norte beach took advantage of the huge swell that hit the Portuguese coast

Surfer Sebastian Steudtner is seen riding a wave. The big wave competition that took place on the Praia do Norte beach took advantage of the huge swell that hit the Portuguese coast 

Spectators gather to watch Surfer Lucas Chianca gliding down an enormous wave on the Portuguese coast during the nail-biting competition

Spectators gather to watch Surfer Lucas Chianca gliding down an enormous wave on the Portuguese coast during the nail-biting competition 

Breathtaking photos show surfers were gliding over enormous waves before miraculously taking air or reaching the shore through treacherous whitewater during the nail-biting spectacle

Breathtaking photos show surfers were gliding over enormous waves before miraculously taking air or reaching the shore through treacherous whitewater during the nail-biting spectacle

A surfer from Team Europe braves the waves during the incredible competition which was treated to enormous waves

A surfer from Team Europe braves the waves during the incredible competition which was treated to enormous waves

Nazare's breathtaking waves are caused by 5km deep and 200km wide underwater canyon ending just before the town's shoreline

Nazare’s breathtaking waves are caused by 5km deep and 200km wide underwater canyon ending just before the town’s shoreline

A surfer from Team France surfing during the 2020 Nazare Challenge. The seaside village is also known as 'Portugal's most dangerous wave'

A surfer from Team France surfing during the 2020 Nazare Challenge. The seaside village is also known as ‘Portugal’s most dangerous wave’

he Brazilian surfer, Lucas Chianca, from the Young Bulls team, in action during the Nazare Tour Surfing Challenge

he Brazilian surfer, Lucas Chianca, from the Young Bulls team, in action during the Nazare Tour Surfing Challenge

 

 

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