Praia do Norte, Nazaré: the European Hawaii

Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton have once again scored big waves in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal.


The big wave chargers have enjoyed 10-metre waves in the iconic Nazaré Canyon. During the entire week, McNamara and Cotton learned diving techniques with Martin Stepanek, a world free diving champion.

"Although I do get quite into my training, I've never been one to do breath holding or anything like that and I usually approach any wipe out scenario just by relaxing and going with the flow", says Andrew Cotton.

"It's worked until now, so I must be doing something right. But I did jump at the chance to do this course and see how the pros do it and get myself more confidence when in the mixer".

"The result is: I have increased my breath hold big time with a water static of 4.05 minutes and I've learned some great training techniques which I can apply in the pool and on dry land", adds Cotton.

The diving tecniques were certainly helpful, as Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton suffered a couple of heavy wipe-outs while surfing the big wave faces of Praia do Norte.

Will the team get the chance to surf the 100-foot wave?