Nazaré, Portugal produces some of the largest waves in the world. These enormous sets are not only due to factors generated by the European Coast, but also because this location in particular has a canyon about 10 miles out into the Atlantic with up to five miles at it’s mouth. The waves get narrower and narrower as they reach the shore, and as Hawaiian professional surfer Garrett McNamara describes, the waves “get compressed, and just before they reach the rocks on the shoreline they stand up and reach their full potential.” Similar conditions lie at places like Teahupoo, the Banzai Pipeline, Cortes Bank and Mavericks.
Namely the 100-foot wave surfed by the record- holding, Garrett McNamara “G-Mac”, was surfed at Praia do Norte, Nazare in Portugal. G-Mac admitted, “In Nazaré, the ocean is known as a place of death, not of riding waves.”
After this, Red Bull promised to display other surfers riding the monsters of Nazaré. Experience the world of Red Bull and big-wave surfing in this video entitled, “Tow-in Surfing in Portugal: Giant Waves of Nazaré”:
Watch the Surf Channel’s exclusive interview with world record holder, Garrett McNamara as he describes his 100ft wave at Nazaré.