A Ride To Nazaré

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nazare

Catched a bus to Lisbon at 1am, then a ride to Nazaré from good friend Hélio Valentim. Didn´t sleep at all, but did not care, the forescast looked amazing. Alex Botelho had just told me that Hugo Vau caught the biggest wave ever at Praia do Norte and this next day looked promising. Ross Clarke Jones, Benjamin Sanchis, Axi Munian and Sebastian Steudtner, etc were also on it.

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the walk down

It´s been about half a dozen huge swells I have photographed here, this was one of the biggest for sure. The antecipation is always huge. Imagine the surfers puting on their gear before dawn at the harbour….

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first light sets suspense

I was hoping some good boys like Alex and Axi would be paddling, but there was too much water moving this time. I had fun shooting empty waves too. Here is the action.

Brazilian big wave surfer Maya Gabeira was also on it and grabbed a few, she is courageous, never thought she would come back to this place. Joao Guedes also got a nice one coming back from an injury that kept him out of the water for 2 months. Good job everyone!

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saint arcanjo fortress madness

Sebastian got a bomb on wich he drew a nice line and Benjamin got a long ride that made it look like a pointbreak. My camera and lens are full of salt water. my throat aches and it is business as usual.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

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