Lucas Chumbo Wins The World’s Newest Big Wave Event

Spain’s Illa Pancha Challenge is the world’s newest big wave event, and Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca is its first champion. Located in the Ría de Ribadeo region of Galicia, on the north-west coast of Spain, Illa Pancha is a slabbing A-frame that needs just the right north swell to turn on. It doesn’t happen frequently, but when it does, like it did for the inaugural Illa Pancha Challenge, its left-hander morphs into the kind of slab big wave surfers like Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca, Natxo Gonzalez and Pedro Scooby dream of.


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