We’ve all had one of those days where you pick up a friend bright and early, pack up your boards and wetties, and head to Nazare for a casual paddle session. Oh, wait, you mean you haven’t had a day like that? Yeah, you and 99.99% of surfers reading this are in the same boat. But for Portugal’s Nic Von Rupp and visiting English bloke Tom Lowe, one of those days happened not too long ago. In-between getting pummeled at Nazare, they managed to “sneak in” a few barrels at a Portuguese beachbreak elsewhere. Those barrels were also disproportionately large and not of the average surfer’s skill set, either. I’m not sure about you, but one of those days might never come for a surfer like myself, and I’m quite alright with that.