The Dust has finally settled over Nazare, well, until later this week anyway. All eyes were on Praia do Norte as the WSL's Big Wave Tour event played out over the weekend. A wild Saturday, called off as conditions were too big and a 8-10ft day on Sunday, conditions borderline contestable.
But out of all that, Lucas “Chumbo” Chianco, a humble Brazilian kid who calls Nazare his second home, scooped the top honours, amidst a field of experienced competitors.
Now that Chumbo's feet have hit the ground, we checked in with the newly minted Nazare Challenge champion to talk about the call, the competition in general and nerves before that final heat ran...
Congrats on the win. How did you feel going into the competition?
I felt so good because I've been training so hard at Nazare before this competition and just wanted to do my best and I did. So glad and so stoked.
There's been some criticism of the call, 8-10ft on the final day, but they had to run the comp, with all the surfers already on the ground. What do you make of that decision?
I came straight from Hawaii and was thinking about the comp and just wanted to do my best on the Big Wave Tour. It was my first final and I won it, just super stoked. The call for this contest, you know, it wasn't that good. I don't think they looked too much at the wind, but there were some nice waves to be had on Saturday. Yeah, Sunday was smaller but still some waves. Nazare – it's always big and always heavy.
Nazare's kind of a second home to you, how'd it feel to take the win there?
It felt so good to win this contest as it's one of the most special places for me. It's my second home right now. I've spent so much time here and trained so much on this wave. To win; that was my goal. I want to be one of the best here and everywhere. I love to surf Nazare.
The final was smaller but Nazare is almost always the same [laughs]. It's a beachbreak, it'll break in the same place though. Was trying to figure out the best place in the smaller waves, to be honest. Just still, super stoked.
Heading into the final, what was going through your mind?
I always get so nervous, especially here. I was so nervous before the comp. This was my dream. I was freakin' crazy. I've realised my dream now and wanted to get nice waves and wanted to show how I surf to everyone. And I did [laughs].
What's next for Chumbo, Nazare Challenge Champion?
I'm still in Nazare and waiting for the next swell on Friday. My goal now is just to chase the swells everywhere. I want to go home to Brazil and spend time with my family and then go back to the travels. Can't wait for the XXL awards – stoked with the season and the year, let's see what happens next year. Now I am going to try and be the world champ...
We've no doubt that'll be a dream realised soon. Cheers Chumbo!
Cover shot: Lucas shares a bomb with Niccolo Porcella.