After a brief hold, Big Wave Tour Commissioner Mike Parsons called the Nazaré Challenge on for 8:30 a.m. local time Sunday.
Earlier in the morning, he had his doubts: "We're down at Nazaré checking the conditions," he said. "A little fog and light onshore [wind]. The swell's dropped off a lot, so we're seeing if there are enough sets to run the event."
Saturday, Parsons put the event on hold after running just two heats, due to high winds and treacherous conditions. While one competitor, Portuguese pro João De Macedo, suffered an injury to his eye socket, he and the 11 others who paddled out made it safely to shore after battling for spots in the Semifinals.
But with much lighter wind and a clearing fog, the other 12 surfers still in Round One will get to battle the behemoth wave, for a chance at winning the second-ever edition of the event.