A tricky jet ski rescue in Nazaré

April 8, 2019 | Surfing

Salvador Villas-Boas is not a professional big wave surfer. He's a commercial airline pilot. But riding Nazaré is on the top of his wishlist.

However, when things get at nasty at Praia do Norte, Mother Nature can be ruthless and spares no one.

Professional videographer Pedro Miranda published unreleased raw footage of one of the most incredible rescues of the season in Nazaré.

The video shows a wipeout followed by a hazardous, yet successful, pickup between set waves in the middle of the impact zone.

Villas-Boas, 51, takes on one of the biggest waves of the day during a monster swell that hit Nazaré in February 2019.

He rides the mountain of water until a bump on the face of the wave sends him to the flats at 50 miles per hour in a dangerous zone near the rocks.

After a painful multiple-wave hold-down, Villas-Boas resurfaces and eventually gets picked up by jet ski rescuer Ramon Laureano in extreme conditions.

The rescue nearly ends in tragedy when the jet ski takes a hit and capsizes, leaving two men in a tricky, yet manageable area.

"Those are the moments I pursue my entire life and, when I finally reach them, the only thing that comes to mind is to get out of there quickly," expressed Salvador Villas-Boas.

It was a genuinely heroic moment that fortunately in no serious injuries.