Sebastian Steudtner: going left in Nazaré | Photo: Balau/WSL

The second big wave surfing session of the season didn't disappoint. It's still autumn in Nazaré, but the furious mountains of salted water have already hit the canyon at full throttle.

The world's best risk takers in the sport of surfing know what to expect in the small Portuguese fishing town. Nazaré has roughly 15,000 inhabitants but, when October comes, the spot is literally invaded by dozens of athletes, hundreds of media professionals, and thousands of tourists.

The 2015/2016 season couldn't have started better. After an initial warm-up test, the international crew had their first serious business meeting with the giants during the Halloween weekend. And it was pure, raw power.

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Kanoa Igarashi: he will be on the Dream Tour | Photo: Smorigo/WSL

Kanoa Igarashi has done it. The US surfer will take part on the 2016 World Surf League Championship Tour.

The 18-year-old surfer from Huntington Beach won the 2015 Mahalo Surf Eco Festival, in Brazil. Igarashi defeated Connor O'Leary in the final held at Praia da Tiririca, in Itacaré, and confirmed a golden spot among the elite of surfing.

"I can't believe what I'm feeling; this is amazing. It's the biggest win in my life and the best year of my life. I can't believe it; I'm so happy. Things are a lot better for me now," expressed Kanoa Igarashi.

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Alex Cooke: he was always Ace Cool | Photo: Warren Bolster

Alec Cooke has lost his life surfing 30-foot waves at Waimea Bay, in Haleiwa, Hawaii. The US Coast Guard called off its search for the missing surfer.

The 59-year-old surfer was missing since October 27th when he left home to ride a large swell on Oahu's North Shore. His truck was found on the Kamehameha Highway, with his dog inside.

Cooke, nicknamed "Ace Cool", was born in Boston, in 1956. He is a descendant of the famous Captain Cook, who first documented surfing in the 18th century.

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