With the Moche Rip Curl Pro in Portugal underway, we can’t help but remind ourselves of the insane record-holding wave that hit Nazaré, Portugal in 2013. In 2011 Garrett McNamara, WaveJet athlete and Hawaiian big wave surfer, caught the largest wave in the world at Nazare, Portugal recorded at 75-90 ft. Much like a box of chocolates, with Nazaré, you never know what you’re going to get. It’s a bizarre waves explains McNamara, who also described the wave as taking “Jaws, Puerto Escondido and Waimea shorebreak and put them all on steroids… you get Nazaré.”
After preparing for this wave for years, Garrett McNamara revisited the spot in January of 2013. That particular winter swell produced some of the gnarliest and heaviest waves recorded, capturing the iconic photo of the red lighthouse next to the beast of wave. Nazaré, Portugal is truly the holy grail of big waves.