The North Atlantic storm activity has been in high gear this week, as evidenced by the huge swell blasting Nazaré Portugal on Thursday. With the Nazaré Challenge event window open, several of the world's best big wave riders are already in town getting ready. Unfortunately for contest officials, clean conditions were only expected to last for a few hours on Thursday -- not enough to run the event. But that didn't stop several of the boys from charging. Brazilian Lucas Chianca nabbed what many were calling one of the best rides of the day. This video by Cesinha Feliciano, shot on January 4, has already been submitted for a Ride of the Year Entry at this year's Big Wave Awards. Photo: Rafael G. Riancho.