Nazaré has been off the dial recently, the North Atlantic was well and truly awake during the start of 2022. This place is no playground and certainly takes no prisoners. This session alone resulted in two injured, who were transported to the hospital, thankfully stable and out of danger. As always we salute the teams for their commitment to surfing and the safety of each other.
Edit from the windy Nazare tow surfing session on December 8th, 2021. Featuring Lucas Chinch “Chumbo” , Trevor Carlson, Andrew Cotton, Lucas Fink, and many more I have yet found the names too. Today was big, bumpy and full of chaos. 30 knot wind Nazaré.
Action shot: @leopoldocastro
Nazare went huge yesterday and North Devons Andrew Cotton was in the right spot at the right time to score one the of the biggest waves of the day. It is possibly one of, if not the biggest wave ever ridden. The jury is out at the moment as photos and video are examined.
Cotty took a calculated approach to the swell aiming to scoring one of the waves of the sessions, which paid dividends. Tow partner Garrett McNamara whipped him in and he was immediately asking the question “Biggest wave ever ridden?”
It is an epic achievement for Cotty, who just re-signed to Salt Rock, after coming back from several injuries courtesy of the the beast.
Portrait: Leo Francis/Red Bull Content Pool
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I only really wanted 1 wave today, I was happy to wait and I knew it was going to be a right just out straight in front of the lighthouse. Definitely the fastest I’ve ever been on a surfboard ! Thanks @mcnamara_s for the inspiration and encouragement, @whitewaterwilly for safety @masonhycebarnes for back up and @mamaunearthed for the calm and collective radio calls 🙌🏽❤️🙏🏼🌊 . 🎥 @leopoldocastro . . . . #nazare #bigwave #surfing #surf #wave #bigwaves #surfer #waves #bigwavesurfing #surfboard #bodyboard #surfinglife #barrel #surfingboard #ocean #surfergirl #wsl #surfers #surftrip #photooftheday #beach #surfsup #surfporn #kookslams #surftime #surfculture #slam #kook #slams #bhfyp
Nazare is undisputedly the biggest wave in the world, that’s why the World Surf League has decided to hold the first ever Big Wave Tow Challenge at Nazare. In this Episode Nic von Rupp and his Tow Partner Francisco Porcella, take us thru the preparation of the Nazare Challenge, the day of the event and the drastic ending of it where their good friend Alex Botelho suffers a horrendous accident that almost takes his life. From the highest highs to lowest lows, welcome to the rollercoaster life of the von Froth.
Stay safe people.
After losing his leg in a horror vehicle accident in Bali where he was hit by a cement truck in 2018, Sydney amputee surfer Oli had always vowed to return to the water, and hell yes he’s done it in style having ticked off a few big wave spots on the way.
Oli was struck by a truck over taking him in Bali whilst on a scooter, having to scoop up half his calf muscle from the road, using his laces as a tourniquet on his badly mangled right leg. He was taken to a Balinese hospital post accident by a taxi driver where infection eventually set in on his damaged leg 10 days after it was pinned back together.
“I just jumped in the back of the taxi and put my legs up around the headrest and grabbed my leg just to try and stop that bleeding,” he said. “I was upside down in the taxi for about 30 minutes before we got to the hospital. Halfway through the taxi ride, all I wanted to do was pass out and go to sleep, but I knew if I did, I was going to die.
Oli told thewest.com.au
Oil was flown to the hospital in Perth eventually receiving the devastating news he would loose his leg. His positive outlook and determination are something else having taken on the monster that is Nazaré, Portugal.
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It was an honour to be invited to surf in the @gigantesdenazare paddle contest today... an expression session of the some of the worlds best big wave surfers here in Nazare.... . It was also my first time paddle surfing nazare, Conditions were perfect with waves in the 15-25ft range with some rouge bomb sets.... Which landed on my head... twice. . This photo is from my first wave of the session, I was nervous and unsure if I could match it or even hold my own with the caliber of surfers in this event... So I planned to catch a wave as soon as I got off the JetSki...... I was the first person to catch and wave in the event and this was it. Literally 2 minutes after jumping off @lucaschumbo ski (Thankyou for the ride) . Today was undoubtedly one of the best big wave sessions I’ve ever had. I caught 8 waves today on a weapon on a board Loaned to my by @c.j.crooke 🙏🏻and surfed well. My cheeks hurt from Grinning ear to ear for the entire 3 hour session....Thank you to the event organisers, all the jet ski drivers and safety crew and all the fellow surfers. I have never felt such a welcoming and friendly community of incredible humans in my life. Thankyou to everyone 🙏🏻🤙🏼❤️ . Photo captured by the local legend @miguel_chaby 📸
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Some moments captured before my first surf at Nazare after flying in the night before, A last minute decision on less than 24 hours notice. . I had only towed into a handful of time’s in my life and never surfed a real tow board (they are Super heavy 12-15kgs)... nor had I done any tow surfing with straps since loosing my leg.... we didn’t know what was going to happen and if I was going to be able to do it...... Everyone was having second thoughts about going out there in such big conditions.... and were thinking of waiting for a smaller day..... . @caiogebaravaz quietly walked over next to me and asked me what I thought away from Everyone... I said I think that it’s pumping and a perfect day, some of the cleanest big waves I had ever seen... I want to surf. . . he said “Then let’s go!!!!” . So i put my canisters into my vest, put on my original big wave psyche up song on repeat (breathe - @hilltophoods ) and we headed down to the boat ramp to suit up and get out there. As we were getting ready I noticed Caio was wearing a moon boot; he was still recovering from a heavy injury at huge cloud break, where he ripped his hamstring off the bone and destroyed his leg.... so it was only fitting that two dudes with two good legs between us were heading out together.... we were both laughing as we were walking down the wharf to the jet ski. . I jumped on the back of the rope while we were still in the safety of the harbour and practiced a few rescue pick-ups and water launches to figure out how to get my prosthetic foot into the tow strap. The board felt good and fast..... Caio and I held hands and he ran me through the traditional prayer that they do before each session, which was very special. we were ready. 👊🏼 . 📸 @anacatarinaphoto