Nazaré (surf spot series)

Andre Brik
Nazaré is the mecca of big riders. This is the biggest wave on the planet, a surfable tsunami that breaks at Praia do Norte in the small village of Nazaré, Portugal. Formed by an underwater canyon, these monstrous waves rise right next to a cape crowned by a small lighthouse and a fortress built in 1577 from where dozens of people watch the bravest surfers in the world drop these mountains of water. This big wave iconic surf spot impresses with its beautiful and frightening aspect, both for its size (the surfer looks like a small dot on the blue wall), as well as for the foam veins that rise towards the wave lip (its summit). Amazingly, and fortunately, no one ever died surfing the Nazaré tsunami.
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