Big Thursday

In Portugal, Nazare breaks in ungodly ways during the biggest swell of the year

5.2 meters at 21 seconds. That’s the kind of force-of-nature swell the tow-teams were dealing with at Nazare last Thursday. Waves that were incomprehensibly giant rolled in, measuring somewhere between 40 feet and…140? Who knows? It’s still too hard to measure, what with the ongoing debate about wave sizes at Praia do Norte. All arguments aside, it’s absolute fact that these waves are certifiably XXL, and these surfers are certifiably insane. Press play for proof. Check Hugo Vau’s tow-in at 0:43 to see what’s being claimed as the ride of the day, and maybe the year, in big-wave surfing.