Praia do Norte: a regular day at the Nazaré surfing office

Giant waves have been ridden in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, as the Portuguese big wave spot delivers one of the biggest swells of the year.


The infamous Nazaré North Canyon may have never seen so many jet skis in the water. From the cliff up above, a large number of spectators watched anxiously. The small spots in the ocean were personal water crafts (PWC), but they looked like crumbs.

Despite the early morning fog, the Portuguese surf spot which holds the world record for the largest wave ever surfed was ready for another natural spectacle, brought to you by live cameras and hundreds of media professionals. The show started at 6h30m.

Waves breaking in the 60-80 foot range were successful ridden by several international big wave challengers. Garrett McNamara, the "official" Nazaré rider, alongside with a Brazilian crew, Portuguese surfers and an European contingent defied the groundswell formed in the Atlantic.

It's the big Monday, 28th October, 2013. Everybody wants to dominate Praia do Norte, but respect is compulsory. Will the Guinness World Record fall again at the power of Nazaré? Carlos Burle caught a big bomb and is waiting for official measurements.

Stay tuned for more updates and take a look at the 10 commandments of the big wave surfer.