73′ | XXL WAVE OF THE YEAR 2017
Winners of the 2017 TAG Heuer XXL Wave Awards were announced on Saturday, April 29th, and MFC team rider Francisco Porcella was awarded Biggest Wave of the year for the wave shown above. This is MFC second XXL Wave of the year won consecutively. Francisco Porcella took the Tag Heuer XXL Biggest Wave Award riding an insane 73ft wave at Nazare, Portugal. This is his first ever victory at the awards for this wave ridden on February 28th 2017.
Francisco has been riding big waves for a long time and we have been supporting him since day one. He was 13/14 years old. He has always been an amazing athlete and human being dedicated to the ocean and mother nature. His commitment to the sport along with training hard in the past few years has paid off and allowed him to follow and achieve one of his dreams.
We remember the day he came to get his gear before the trip.
A classic and usual phone call 3 hours prior to his flight departure to Nazare:
— I need fins, it’s going to hit so big there… I gotta go!
Again we are going to the office on a Saturday morning.
After 10 minutes that Francisco is running around loading his car… we hear:
— hey, and I need a tow-board!
We hope he remembers our face!!
Whaaaat??? Are you f#%!! kidding???
Keith Teboul had a magic Peahi board hanging on the wall and you wanted to take it!
— this is the board, it’s the perfect weight,… I need it!
I was like NOO WAYYYY, Keith is not here, we need to ask him! We called Keith who was on a trip in NZ and he obviously said YES. Now we see this nominee for the @wsl #billabong Ride of the year and we are laughing for the massive bomb you rode and for the energy you have. Congratulations buddy… you made an historic ride and we are very proud of you! Keep it coming!