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Monster Waves Roll Into Nazaré, Providing Surfers With One Of The Most Dangerous Swells In Sport

29/10/2015 17:14 | Updated 29 October 2015

One of the most overwhelming sights in sport is the swell in Nazaré, Portugal. The vast waves, whipped up out to sea, roar into the shallows, providing a fearsome spectacle for onlookers, as well as testing conditions for those attempting to conquer the hulking water on a six-foot board. The world-famous break has become synonymous with big wave surfing. Three years ago, American Garrett McNamara set a world record in the Portuguese town, riding atop a 78-foot goliath.

Winds in the Atlantic ensure that the waves during the winter months are far more powerful than those that roll in during summer, however the accompanying high winds make riding the monsters a genuine danger, with local emergency services well-versed in dragging riders out of the water, many knocked unconscious by the maelstrom of the crashing surf.

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  • Sebastian Steudtner who won the XXL Biggest wave award in 2010 and 2015, takes advantage of the first big swell of the year at Praia do Norte in Nazaré.
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  • Crowds seen watching on the cliffs at Praia do Norte.
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  • Three years ago, American Garrett McNamara set a world record in the Portuguese town.
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  • Surfer Sebastian Steudtner from Germany rides a big wave, while above a crowd watches from the cliffs at Praia do Norte in Nazaré.
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  • Pedro Scooby from Brazil riding a big wave.
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  • Waves reaching the lighthouse in Nazaré as the first big swell of the year arrives.
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  • Crowds seen watching surfers from the cliff at Praia do Norte.
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  • Waves seen breaking in Praia do Norte.

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