Nazaré is a place like no other. And when the North Atlantic swells arrive at the local underwater canyon, waves become an uncontrollable force of nature.

On New Year's Day, a group of hardcore Praia do Norte habitués challenged the first liquid beasts of 2018 under sunny blue skies.

Watch Sebastian Steudtner, Ross Clarke-Jones, Lucas Chumbo, Jarryd Foster, Axi Muniain, Mick Corbett, and Jerome Sahyoun hit the lineup at Portugal's best big wave surfing break.

On January 17, 2018, Portuguese big wave surfer Hugo Vau had a day he will remember for the rest of his life at Nazaré's Praia do Norte, in Portugal.

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Nico von Lerchenfeld has had the time of his life at Surf Snowdonia, in Wales. But he was not there to surf.

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