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Nazare: "The Biggest Waves In Forever"

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  • Nazare: "The Biggest Waves In Forever"

    October 28, 2020

    The Biggest Waves In, Oh, Forever, Maybe, Are Pounding Portugal’s Coast

    Hurricane Epsilon has been churning the North Atlantic into a maelstrom of very, very angry seas for days now. As the raw energy of the swell spaces itself out and organizes itself into a proper swell train, it has steamed straight into Europe’s Atlantic coast. This is a bit early for big winter storms to generate this kind of swell, which also means unusually clean conditions and light autumn winds. Big-wave surfers around the world have taken note, with those able to travel heading straight for Nazaré, Portugal, a charming fishing village in the middle of the country that fronts some of the biggest waves on the planet. Ireland’s Mullaghmore is also cracking right now, with what are probably the best and meanest waves breaking anywhere in the world.

    all images © Jesus Renaldo

    "That was awesome, shocking, mind-blowing, beautiful, crazy.... thanks Álvaro Marinho for the heads up and the local contacts.
    Nazaré, Portugal, Capital of big waves."


    But it’s Nazaré that really captures the world’s attention. The bathymetry just offshore pushes swell there to ludicrous heights, massive 70-80-foot teepees of water, so big that the speed of the lip hurtling toward the trough generate powerful rooster-tails of spray even on windless days.

    Today saw surfers tackle some of the biggest waves humans have ever ridden.

    Look at Kai Lenny here, possibly the most talented big-wave surfer alive, streaking down the face of a wave that sure looks every bit of 85 feet or so. It’s impossible to actually measure the height of a wave, of course, despite world records measured to the foot. Waves lurch and grow above a shifting trough that doesn’t have a stable floor to measure from. Surfers have long whispered about riding a 100-foot wave, something that if ever done will happen at Nazaré, but frankly, this very well could be 100 feet.

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  • #2
    That is some crazy action.

    I can almost feel the ground shaking from the impact!


    • #3

      You can hear them clanging on shore!


      • #4

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        Raw footage from October 29th 2020. For some people the Biggest swell Ever. Let me know what you think.

        In the video you can see some highlights of the raw shots.

        Edited by Paulo Borges / @Paulofilipeborges / @abovecreators
        Filmed by Claudio Matias / @claudiomatias87 / @abovecreators
        Thumbnail Photo: Hélio António / @helio_antonio / @abovecreators

        Copyright © 2020, Ben de Sá, all rights reserved
        Surfers: Kai Lenny, Lucas Chumbo, Mason Barnes, Will Skudin, Justine Dupont, Toby Cuningham, Tony Laureano, Nic von Rupp, João Guedes, Andrew Cotton.
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