Tom Lowe gets chased by a jet ski in Nazaré

December 22, 2015 | Surfing
Tom Lowe: first time in Nazaré | Photo: Estrelinha/WSL

Tom Lowe had a day to remember at Nazaré. On his first wave ever at Praia do Norte, the British found an improbable jet ski halfway down the face of the liquid mountain.

All's well that ends well. It was just another big wave surfing day at the Portuguese fishing town. It wasn't colossal, titanic or gigantic, but it was good for a starter. Lowe has ready to taste the power of Nazaré. And so he paddled into a good-looking wave.

"It was memorable, to say the least. The safety down there is just dialed in, but there was an issue today. I don't know what the hell happened, but I just took off on a wave - my first ever down here - I looked up and just met the eyes of Jamie Mitchell, and we were frozen in time," explains Lowe.

"I avoided him. I don't know what else was going on. The whitewater caught me up, and I rode through, and I thought I got away with the jet ski. But then, it chased me down. It was bizarre. I felt it in the corner of my eye, and then it took out my legs."

The jet ski rolled over Tom Lowe, but the British surfer wasn't hurt. Jamie Mitchell was okay, too. Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton got control of the situation, and the session ended with no major injuries. Waves were hitting the local underwater canyon in the 15-to-20-foot range.

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