North Canyon Tow-In Trials to roll in Nazaré...
North Canyon Tow-In Trials
Event touted as pinnacle of a three year project in Portugal's new big wave realm
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 November, 2011 : - - The first ever North Canyon Tow In Trials presented by Wavejet will take place in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal. The waiting period will be from the 2nd to 28th of November 2011. The winning team will secure a spot in an international Tow In competition in 2012, being the first of its kind in Portugal.
Ramon Laureano and António Silva (Portugal), Al Mennie and Andrew Cotton (Ireland/UK), Axi Muniain and Jerome Sahyoun (Basque Country/Morocco), Yuri Soledade and Sebastian Steudtner (Brazil/Germany), Benjamin Sanchez and Eric Rebiere (France) and Will and Cliff Skudin (NYC/USA) are the teams invited.
All of the participants are experienced big wave riders, recognized for seeking and surfing big waves all over the world. Two of whom have won the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, in the “Biggest Wave” category (the French Benjamin Sanchez and the German Sebastian Steudtner).
The international big wave competition, that will take place in 2012 at Praia do Norte, is the pinnacle of a three year project, initiated last year with the project The North Canyon Show by Garrett McNamara. Only a select few of the worlds best teams will be invited to this ground breaking event for Portugal.
Garrett McNamara will be the host. "After exploring Praia Do Norte, I found it to be the most challenging location I have experienced. I am honored to be the host and so excited to see my friends surf here. We are very thankful that ZON, Red Bull and Wavejet are supporting this project", said Garrett.
ZON North Canyon Show 2011
Garrett McNamara is back in Portugal to embark on another mission exploring the waves of Nazaré, in the ZON North Canyon Show 2011. This is the second mission of a three years project, initiated last year. This is a Nazaré City Hall and ZON project to internationally promote the region as a destination for surfing, show casing the unique aspects of the “Nazaré Canyon”.
The “Nazaré Canyon” is a rare geographical phenomenon, the biggest in Europe and one of the largest in the world, which can be explained as a gap on the continental plate with 170 kilometers of length and 5 kilometers of depth. The “Nazaré Canyon”, that is located right in front of Praia do Norte, receives the swells from the Atlantic Ocean and creates waves with abnormal size, compared to the rest of the Portuguese coast.
To follow all the developments of the ZON North Canyon Show 2011 visit the official website: praiadonorte.com.pt. The event can also be found in the social networks: Facebook (facebook.com/northcanyonproject) and Twitter (twitter.com/nazare_pnorte).
Special Thanks: ORGANIZATION: ZON, Câmara Municipal da Nazaré, Nazaré Qualifica and Clube de Desportos Alternativos da Nazaré. INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTERS: Turismo de Portugal, Região de Turismo do Oeste, QREN, + Centro and EU. SUPPORTERS: Go Pro – D’Maker, DL Publicidade, Grupo Miramar, Hotel Maré, Benimoto, ITU, Escola Profissional da Nazaré, Physioclem, Luís Silvério and SPAL. MEDIA PARTNERS: Antena 3 (Official Radio), SurfPortugal, SurfTotal, Zona Radical, Sport Life, Men’s Health, Drift Magazine, EST – Easy Surf Trips, Fluir, Waves, 18 Seconds, Surfer Rule, Surfers, Surfos Magazine, The Bomb Surf and Towsurfer.com.
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