Praia do Norte: just another day in the Nazaré office

Big waves storm again the Nazaré North Canyon, as surfers return to the most dangerous Atlantic waters in the world.

Prepare for impact. The second strike of the Atlantic wave armada kicked off early morning, on the 1st November, 2013, with spaced 30-60 foot wave faces.

Jet skis were ready and so were big wave riders. This time, surfers tried to paddle for the giants, instead of asking for jet ski assistance as the primary source of take-off power.

The misty morning, the 17-second wave period, and the light southern winds were keeping conditions perfect in Praia do Norte. You could also easily spot the tricky near-shore currents, hidden in the whitewater.

Up above in the cliffs, thousands of surf fans, inquisitive strangers, journalists and media crews invaded the rocky mountains of Nazaré. A few big bombs were caught and everyone cheered the daredevils.

Nazaré probably is the most powerful beach break. The Portuguese big wave surfing spot is as exciting as it will test your limits - as a surfer and as a human being.

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