Surfing banned at Nazare by official order

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

At the height of last week's XXL swell, the number of spectators watching Nazare was estimated to be in excess of 15,000, spread amongst the castle, headland, and the beach.

The swell event, and the associated viewing spectacle, came on the cusp of European leaders wrangling with a fresh outbreak of COVID-19, and, in response, Portugal's National Health Commission yesterday announced a ban on surfing - both paddle and tow-surfing - at Nazare, effective immediately.

It’s unclear how long the ban is in place, the only mention on timing thus far has been “until further notice.” 

The above notice was drafted by the captain of Nazare port and reads:

“In the current context of the pandemic in Portugal, as determined by the regional health delegate and the regional health administration, Free Surf and Tow-in surfing are banned at Praia do Norte, due to the promotion of the public agglomeration, which constitutes an increased risk for the public health."

"Failure to comply with this determination incurs in a criminal offence punished by law.”

Three days ago, on the 1st of October, the waiting period for the WSL's Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge began. The League is yet to make a comment about the current ban on surfing.

As of today, Portugal has 157,000 cases of COVID-19 with 2,694 deaths.

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FunkyCole commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 4:50pm

Seems like a ban on public gathering would be more appropriate than on the surfing itself..

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markbrett commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 6:41pm

Totally agree. Why hurt your ability to promote your country online to the world (millions) when all you need to do is ban public gatherings (15,000 people) ?

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wax-on-danielson commented Monday, 9 Nov 2020 at 7:52am

Don't think there is much point chasing tourism dollars at the moment.

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Groper commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 5:23pm

Don't you mean "agglomerations"?

That's a cracking signature!!!

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velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 6:06pm

Astute Victorians, after what we've been through, might notice that bodysurfing is not mentioned...

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Bnkref commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 7:05pm

There was footage on here (?) a while back of someone bodysurfing fairly solid Nazaré. Madman!

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ringmaster commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 7:25pm

Now THAT Id like to see!

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Fieldy commented Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 at 8:11am

I think it was Mike Stewart

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udo commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 7:31pm
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hoody commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 7:35pm

Thats Him!

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Fieldy commented Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 at 8:12am

Disregard my Mike Stewart theory, twas another time

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hoody commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 7:34pm

https://youtu.be/CgeZl2S29xk

Rad to say the least and there is footage of him when its bigger too.

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ringmaster commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 9:09pm

Great ocean skills!

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bipola commented Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 at 11:26pm

WOW

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warddy commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 7:19pm

The level of Government stupidity keeps raising the bar .....
This thing ain’t going to go away so we just have to learn to live with it just like car crashes, heart disease, cancer sars AIDS and wait for it ...Flu

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peabo commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 10:33pm

We've learnt to live with car crashes, cancer and the flu because we've been able to put measures in place which help to minimise their occurrence and impact.

Many would argue that in the case of COVID-19, a more contagious virus than the flu, banning large gatherings where people congregate close together is one of these necessary long term measures required to "live with it". Much of Australia are living fairly normal lives at the moment, but you won't see any music festivals or large concerts for a long time. It will be one of the very last restrictions removed because of the risk it presents should the virus be able to spread in such an environment.

"Learn to live with it" seems to be a thinly veiled way of saying you're willing to accept the high human cost of letting the virus run rampant if it means you get to do what you want to. The phrase of choice for people who have decided that their personal freedom is more valuable than the lives of the vulnerable.

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Tooold2bakook commented Friday, 6 Nov 2020 at 11:17pm

Superbly written

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shoredump commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 9:38am

It is superbly written. Perhaps he should forward it onto the Portuguese authorities so they too can ban public gatherings, instead of free surfing! :)

It’s a bottleneck up the top at Nazare, would be cheap and easy to police


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Fluiddreams commented Monday, 9 Nov 2020 at 6:40pm

Someone better tell Kelly it's not cool to flaunt with co vid19. Nothing's affects him. Back in Bali again. Unbelievable

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Horas commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 12:34am

Without freedom you have nothing.People are dying with not from.People with pre existing conditions and weakened immune systems .Old people die ,always have and will.Needing permission or even denied travel is not living fairly normally.Vicpols behaviour is not living fairly normally.These are governments that push for abortion and euthanasia but want to shut the world down when already sick elderly people die in their 80's and 90's.The sad part is the amount of people that have eaten the fear,panic and hysteria pushed by governments and their allies in the media.A lot of people it seem s are happy with the government controlling their lives and keeping them "safe ". FMD ,what a time to be alive.

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warddy commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 7:09am

Well written :)

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wallpaper commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 11:03am

as far as incomprehensible drivel goes

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warddy commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 8:48pm

You paranoid fwit

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wallpaper commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 9:51pm

you talking to me?

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ringmaster commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 10:05pm

"You wanna get out of here? You talk to me"

(Mel Gibson - Mad Max 2)

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Walk around G commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 9:37am

Oh Jesus, I hope the Byron hipster type crew don't see that body bashing post, they'll all be ditching their foils and be rocking up, with leash free handplanes, in no time ;0 hee hee.

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Remigogo commented Saturday, 7 Nov 2020 at 11:07pm

Much easier slipping a handplane down the back ones speedos the a mini mal. ;)