Portugal is an incredible place.
Rocky, exposed to the elements, vastly unpopulated. An amazing place to visit, perhaps an even better place to call home. Nic Von Rupp is fortunate enough to have been born and bred in Portugal, and his surf career thanks him. Facing massive swells every winter, Nic has become highly comfortable in sizeable surf and wild reef features.
For one of the premier swells of 2015, Nic invited his friend Tom Lowe to share the wealth. What they found were a series of pristine big wave conditions, including a left that looks like Pipeline except colder and crazier. Despite several successful ventures, the bigger sets would move quite fast, oftentimes sending the boys over the falls or forcing them to straighten out. One of these days, they say.