American surf media closes eyes to Europe's big wave stunts

October 29, 2013 | Surfing
Praia do Norte: American surf media should give it ago | Photo: Tó Mané

American surf media has ignored the biggest waves ever ridden in the Old Continent.

With 870 years of history, Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world. The Portuguese Navy, founded in the 12th century, is the oldest continuously serving navy in the world.

When Garrett McNamara broke the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever ridden, at Praia do Norte, Portugal, American surf media tried to protect their continental interests by underestimating the power of the so-called Nazaré North Canyon.

America is a blessed continent. The best waves, the best surfers, the best people, the best lifestyle, the best brands. But American surfers also want to keep informed about what's happening all around the globe.

So, the question remains unanswered: if American surf media really is the "Bible" of surf history, why are Nazaré, Belharra and Mullaghmore underrated big wave surf spots, where nothing really happens?

The waves ridden by Carlos Burle and Andrew Cotton were almost forgotten by American surf media, more than 24 hours after being broadcasted. We all know that tourism, books, DVDs and glory come with world records, but what if the world ignored America when their incredible stunts are performed?

Opportunities are to be grabbed. Garrett McNamara, an Hawaiian waterman born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has been welcomed in Portugal as a country son. Have you seen his rides, American surf media?

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