The Portuguese town of Nazaré can deliver 100-foot (30.4 meters) waves. How can we explain the Nazaré Canyon geomorphologic phenomenon?
In the 16th century, Portuguese people and army protected Nazaré from pirate attacks, in the Promontório do Sítio, the cliff-top area located 110-meter above the beach.
Today, from this unique site, it is possible to watch the power of the Atlantic Ocean. If you face the salt water from the nearby castle, you can easily spot the famous big waves that pump the quiet village.
A GoPro HD Hero surf camera attached to a surfboard has survived a 15-foot wave wipeout in the hands of the big wave surfer, Garrett McNamara.
The most famous Hawaiian big rider is hunting the 100-foot wave, in Nazaré, Portugal. Garrett McNamara always check his gear before hitting serious oceans.
Safety comes first, but Mother Nature is strong and may catch the experienced watermen in any occasion. This time, McNamara was caught inside and had to duck dive into a 15-foot wall of water.
The Vans World Cup of Surfing is the second jewel of the Triple Crown of Surfing and will hit Sunset Beach, on the Hawaiian's North Shore.
Sunset Beach is a special surf spot. It is considered to be a test of a surfer's strength, stamina, courage, skill and vast ocean knowledge.
The long right walls break at the top of Sunset Point and make their way into the cove toward Sunset's infamous West Bowl, where the bottom of the wave drops out and the Pacific Ocean seems to converge and heave over the reef in wide, gaping and warping barrels.