Posts Tagged ‘nazare’

December 22nd, 2015

Tom Lowe Get’s Hit By A Jet Ski While Surfing Nazare

Tom Lowe surfing in the whitewater while Jamie Mitchell’s jet ski rides right behind him at Nazare.


Jamie begins to jumps off the jet ski at :34

December 14th, 2014

The Biggest Nazare, Portugal Ever Surfed – 17ft @ 20 Seconds

The biggest Nazare ever surfed by Garrett McNamara, Ross Clarke-Jones, Andrew Cotton, Hugo Vau, Antonio Silva and Benjamin Sanchis tow surfing Nazare, Portugal on December 11, 2014.

November 21st, 2014

Garrett McNamara – The Missed Wave

Garrett McNamara paddles for a wave at Nazare, Portugal and misses the wave – turns around to see a bomb getting ready to come down on him, he then takes off his leash and dives under.

The Missed Wave (if your wondering why he is not diving to deep it’s most likely he has some type of life jacket on underneath his wetsuit – to much rubber keeps the surfers from diving the depths they would like to go)

October 29th, 2013

Maya Gabeira Near Death Drowning In Praia Do Norte – Nazare Portugal

First off we are so grateful that Maya has survived today’s surfing incident in Praia Do Norte Nazare Portugal where she was tow surfing with tow partner Carlos Burle (also a Brazilian).

Maya Gabeira survived a serious accident while trying to achieve the World record, for biggest wave ever surfed. She was unconscious when she was finally rescued. Her team mate, Carlos rescued her from the sea and performed CPR. Maya soon recovered her consciousness and was taken to a hospital. She is fine now.

In our opinion Maya should had NEVER been out there in the first place. In big wave surfing the sain always goes, paddle before you tow. Anyone can tow especially in large mushy roll in waves such as Nazare. Maya knows first hand any wave over 20ft is way out of her league. We have seen her try to paddle Mavericks with zero success. Surfers are getting way to comfortable and reliant on jet-skis.

Watch at 0:18 the driver of the rescue ski drives right at her and hits her in the head with the sled then at 0:32 they both miss the grab as it seems to us the driver was going way to fast knowing she would not have enough strength to pull herself up onto the sled, then at 0:40 she grabs the tow-rope and begins being dragged under water then at 0:45 a whitewater comes and hit’s her and the driver who is looking forward has no idea she is no longer holding onto the rope then at 1:00 her body is unconscious.

“She fell where no one wants to fall. She was very lucky not to be dragged to the rocks”. – Gmac

Interview: Carlos Burle saves Maya Gabeira’s life, surf’s biggest wave ever

“It was too big for me. I didn’t feel safe. This place is more powerful than any place else in the world. It’s dangerous and challenging. I watch for the best wave and then I wait for the second or third, because if it goes wrong, I won’t get waves in the head. The secret is to be focused and only surf when I’m having fun.” – Garrett McNamara

November 9th, 2011

Surfer Rides Biggest Wave Ever

Mike Parsons broke the surfing record on January 5, 2008, at Cortes Bank, when he was photographed surfing a wave judged to be 70+ feet, which put him in the Guinness Book of World Records, and officially for biggest wave ever surfed. Unofficially the biggest wave ever surfed remains Ken Bradshaw’s wave at Outside Log Cabins, Oahu on January 28, 1998, at about 80 feet.

Well today we received this press release from the Praia De Norte:
Garrett McNamara makes history again by breaking the current record of the biggest wave ever surfed. The wave came during the two month period of the ZON North Canyon Show 2011, with a height of around 90 feet.

Here is the photo (would you call this wave 90ft?)

He was towing with Andrew Cotton, from the UK, and Al Mennie, from Ireland, when the bomb came in. Al was in the channel and describes the moment. “Everything seemed to be perfect, the weather, the waves. Both Cotty and I rode two big ones in the 60ft + range and then when Garrett got on the rope a wave, maybe 30 feet bigger came out of the canyon, it was meant to be. I had the best seat in the house as I was doing water safety on the ski as he dropped down the face of the biggest wave I’ve ever seen. It was incredible. Most people would look scared but Garrett looked in control as he went down the most critical part of the wave. It was an inspirational ride by an inspirational surfer. After the ride it was as if the sea calmed down. We sat out there and just absorbed both what had just happened and the surroundings. What a day!”

The three were surfing in Praia do Norte off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. McNamara has been spending quite some time here once he discovered the magic of the spot. The coast of Nazaré is home to one of the only deep water canyons that runs all the way to shore. He has been working with the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute to understand how the waves reach such an abnormal height.

According to the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, “the proximity of the ‘Nazaré Canyon’ to Praia do Norte creates a situation that greatly increases the swells intensity. The conditions of the swell and wind direction observed on this day exemplify this phenomenon”. “By 9:00 AM, the monitor on the buoys registered a swell with around 8 m near Nazaré. With a WNW swell direction with favorable wind, it is reasonable to conclude that this wave had a significant swelling effect, which is characteristic of this place.”

“I feel so blessed and honored to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town. The waves here are such a mystery”, said Garrett.


Garrett McNamara is back in Portugal to embark on another mission exploring the waves of Nazaré, in the ZON North Canyon Show 2011. This is the second mission of a three years project, initiated last year. This is a Nazaré City Hall project, sponsored by ZON, to internationally promote the region as a destination for surfing, show casing the unique aspects of the “Nazaré Canyon”.

The “Nazaré Canyon” is a rare geographical phenomenon, the biggest in Europe and one of the largest in the world, which can be explained as a gap on the continental plate with 170 kilometers of length and 5 kilometers of depth. The “Nazaré Canyon”, that is located right in front of Praia do Norte, receives the swells from the Atlantic Ocean and creates waves with abnormal size, compared to the rest of the Portuguese coast.