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Surfers fight 45ft waves after Storm Ciara creates ‘exceptional’ weather conditions

Surfers fight 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, along with light winds, created ideal waves on the coastline
  • The Portuguese star Alex Botelho was taken out of the water unconscious before he was taken to the hospital

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On Tuesday, surfers fought 45ft waves to compete for the top position in the World Surf League in Portugal, after a wave caused by Storm Ciara had created “exceptional” weather conditions for the event.

The competition, which is being held in the old fishing village of Nazare, was treated to an almost perfect prediction, while active storms in the North Atlantic, along with light winds, created ideal waves on the coast.

Breathtaking photos show surfers gliding over huge waves and breathing in air before they miraculously reach the coast through treacherous white water during the nail-biting spectacle.

But a Portuguese star was not so lucky and was taken to the hospital after being hit by an approaching wave when he was dragged by a jet ski.

Rescuers pulled Alex Botelho out of the water unconscious and were treated on the spot before being taken to the hospital. It is now said that he is stable and aware.

The competition, which traditionally consisted of a paddle competition for men only, even made history for allowing women for the first time in mixed-sex 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 in which competitors alternate surfing and jet skiing.

The breathtaking waves of Nazare are caused by a 5 km deep and 200 km wide underwater canyon that ends just before the coastline of the city, where the event takes advantage of the ‘exceptional’ weather conditions, according to the World Surf League.

Surfers fought Tuesday 45ft waves to compete for the top position in the World Surf League in Portugal, after a wave caused by Storm Ciara had created “exceptional” weather conditions for the event

The competition, held in the old fishing village of Nazare, was treated to an almost perfect prediction, while active storms in the North Atlantic, along with light winds, generated ideal waves

The competition, held in the old fishing village of Nazare, was treated to an almost perfect prediction, while active storms in the North Atlantic, along with light winds, generated ideal waves

The competition, held in the old fishing village of Nazare, was treated to an almost perfect prediction, while active storms in the North Atlantic, along with light winds, generated ideal waves

The competition, which traditionally consisted of a paddle competition for men only, even made history for allowing women for the first time in teams of different genders

The competition, which traditionally consisted of a paddle competition for men only, even made history for allowing women for the first time in teams of different genders

The competition, which traditionally consisted of a paddle competition for men only, even made history for allowing women for the first time in teams of different genders

A Portuguese star was not so lucky and was taken to the hospital after being dragged by a jet ski when he was hit by an approaching wave

A Portuguese star was not so lucky and was taken to the hospital after being dragged by a jet ski when he was hit by an approaching wave

A Portuguese star was not so lucky and was taken to the hospital after being dragged by a jet ski when he was hit by an approaching wave

Rescuers pulled Alex Botelho out of the water unconscious and were treated on the spot before being taken to the hospital. It is now said that he is stable and aware

Rescuers pulled Alex Botelho out of the water unconscious and were treated on the spot before being taken to the hospital. It is now said that he is stable and aware

Rescuers pulled Alex Botelho out of the water unconscious and were treated on the spot before being taken to the hospital. It is now said that he is stable and aware

The breathtaking waves of Nazare are caused by a 5 km deep and 200 km wide underwater canyon that ends just before the coastline of the city

The breathtaking waves of Nazare are caused by a 5 km deep and 200 km wide underwater canyon that ends just before the coastline of the city

The breathtaking waves of Nazare are caused by a 5 km deep and 200 km wide underwater canyon that ends just before the coastline of the city

Surfers and technical team help Portuguese surfer Alex Botelho who was 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 Portuguese surfer Alex Botelho who was 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 Portuguese surfer Alex Botelho who was 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 switch 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 switch 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 switch between surfing and driving a jet ski

Surfer Sebastian Steudtner rides a wave. The big golf competition that took place on Praia do Norte beach benefited from the huge wave that hit the Portuguese coast

Surfer Sebastian Steudtner rides a wave. The big golf competition that took place on Praia do Norte beach benefited from the huge wave that hit the Portuguese coast

Surfer Sebastian Steudtner can be seen on a wave. The big golf competition that took place on Praia do Norte beach benefited from the huge wave that hit the Portuguese coast

Spectators gather to watch Surfer Lucas Chianca glide along a huge wave on the Portuguese coast during the nail biting competition

Spectators gather to watch Surfer Lucas Chianca glide along a huge wave on the Portuguese coast during the nail biting competition

Spectators gather to watch Surfer Lucas Chianca glide along a huge wave on the Portuguese coast during the nail biting competition

Breathtaking photos show surfers gliding over huge waves before they miraculously went up in the air or reached the coast through treacherous white water during the nail-biting spectacle

Breathtaking photos show surfers gliding over huge waves before they miraculously went up in the air or reached the coast through treacherous white water during the nail-biting spectacle

Breathtaking photos show surfers gliding over huge waves before they miraculously went up in the air or reached the coast through treacherous white water during the nail-biting spectacle

A Team Europe surfer defies the waves during the incredible competition that was treated to huge waves

A Team Europe surfer defies the waves during the incredible competition that was treated to huge waves

A Team Europe surfer defies the waves during the incredible competition that was treated to huge waves

The breathtaking waves of Nazare are caused by a 5 km deep and 200 km wide underwater canyon that ends just before the coastline of the city

The breathtaking waves of Nazare are caused by a 5 km deep and 200 km wide underwater canyon that ends just before the coastline of the city

The breathtaking waves of Nazare are caused by a 5 km deep and 200 km wide underwater canyon that ends just before the coastline of the city

A surfer from Team France who surfs during the 2020 Nazare Challenge. The resort is also known as 'Portugal's most dangerous wave'

A surfer from Team France who surfs during the 2020 Nazare Challenge. The resort is also known as 'Portugal's most dangerous wave'

A surfer from Team France who surfs during the 2020 Nazare Challenge. The resort is also known as ‘Portugal’s most dangerous wave’

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

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

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

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