Praia do Norte: Nazaré pumps the biggest waves in the world

The swell is bigger, Garrett McNamara has already warmed up and the biggest waves in the world are making their way to Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal. The inflatable jackets are on.


Wave conditions have been improving in Portugal's infamous surf break. Praia do Norte is delivering the first big waves of the winter season and Hawaiian's Garrett McNamara is already trimming the line in the giant water faces.

Perfect lines are attracting hundreds of big wave surfing enthusiasts to the Forte de São Miguel Arcanjo, an high fortress with an excellent view over the Nazaré Canyon of waves. There are wave sets of 10 meters (33 feet) breaking through the big wave site.

A battery of international media professionals - photographers, videographers and journalists - are already setting their equipment to capture the training sessions by Garrett McNamara and a few dangerous wipeouts.

Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, Evan Geiselman, Beau Foster and João de Macedo are some of surfing stars that have already visited the place and got towed-in at the monstrous waves pumping by the rocky cliff. Meanwhile, Garrett has already suffered a small injury and a few stitches.

Wave and wind conditions are still changing very quickly at Nazaré's Praia do Norte, but stronger pushes in the swell are expected until the end of October, early November. Will Garrett McNamara ride the 100-foot wave?