Kelly Slater tastes the power of the Nazaré barrels

October 11, 2013 | Surfing
Kelly Slater: rail work at Praia do Norte, Nazare

Kelly Slater has been spotted tasting the heavy barrels of Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal.

Hawaiian big wave king Garrett McNamara sent the call. "Should be like this tomorrow morning @kellyslater". The photo sent through his Twitter account showed an A-frame peak shining unridden.

The Floridian got the message and drove out to Nazare, home of the infamous underwater canyon. It was pumping and, for more than an hour, Kelly Slater challenged the 6-10 foot barrels on offer at Praia do Norte.

The 41-year old surfer found powerful right and left-handers, but also enjoyed a few wipeouts, in front of a group of fans and media, out in the beach.

The Nazare Canyon wave is a mix of swell refraction, a rapid depth reduction, a converging wave, and a local water channel. With the perfect wind speed and direction is turns out to be the biggest beach break barrel in the world. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.