Thiago Jacaré survives multiple wave hold down at Nazaré

Thiago Jacaré nearly survived a multiple wave hold-down in Praia do Norte, Nazaré.

On December 14, the Brazilian big wave surfer took on the first wave of a set but was caught by the giant whitewater that was rolling behind him. The liquid wall shoved him off his board.

And that was just the beginning of a nightmare. The experience Jacaré was about to undergo will stay in his memory forever.

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The top surfers of the 2019 World Surf League

The 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Men's Championship Tour (CT) will feature competitors from ten different nations.

The top 34 includes 11 Brazilian surfers, eight Australian athletes, four American competitors, four Hawaiian surfers, two French wave riders, and single representatives from South Africa, Tahiti, Japan, Italy, and New Zealand.

The men's 2019 CT is comprised of the top 22 ranked surfers on the 2018 Championship Tour rankings, the top 10 surfers ranked on the year-end Qualifying Series (QS) rankings, plus two wildcards.

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Gabriel Medina crowned 2018 World Surf League champion

Gabriel Medina claimed the second World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) title of his career.

The 24-year-old surfer won the 2018 Billabong Pipe Masters after beating his direct opponent, Julian Wilson, in an epic final held in 12-to-15 foot barreling waves.

Medina paddled out for the final knowing that he was already a two-time WSL champion, but he made sure his name was also added to the history of the prestigious event.

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