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Watch: Highlights From The 2024 Nazare Big Wave Challenge

Lucas Chianca, Maya Gabiera make it a Brazilian sweep on massive day of high-performance surfing at Europe's premier big-wave surf spot.
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With a strong Atlantic swell building and surf hitting 30 to 40 feet, it was a monumental day at the 2024 Nazare Big Wave Challenge as Brazil's Lucas Chianca and Maya Gabiera stormed the podium to win the men's and women's individual divisions. Doubling down, Chianca also won the team division along with partner Pedro Scooby.

“It's super exciting and a little nerve-wracking at the same time," said Nazare pioneer and event consultant Garrett McNamara when the day got underway. "It's been building all day, the swell is here. The energy hasn't fully filled in and the swell is supposed to turn a little bit more North which equals bigger and better waves. But it's already perfectly contestable and the guys out there I guarantee will put on an amazing show!"

And while it wasn't record-breaking Nazare, there was plenty of size and the light winds kept the conditions clean and favorable all day long. The friendlier surf allowed competitors to really open up and push their performance limits as creative lines, big turns and even a few airs were the order of the day. To be expected, Chianca took full advantage of the conditions to continue his dominance at Nazare. Having won the event three years in a row now, he's unquestionably the most dominant surfer to ever compete there.

And for Gabeira, the win deepens her legacy at Nazare. One of the pioneers of the spot over a decade there, she's suffered some of the most brutal, life-threatening wipeouts of her life there, as well as broke the world record for the biggest wave ever ridden by a woman in 2020. Coming back from a knee injury, her win was accented by her grit and determination.

From inspired, record-setting performances to losing jet skis in front of the rocks, the 2024 Nazare Big Wave Challenge had a little big of everything.