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Surfers brave monster waves of Portugal's Nazare

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, Portugal. Praia do Norte beach has gained popularity with big wave surfers since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke a world record for the largest wave surfed here in 2011.    


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A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, Portugal. Praia do Norte beach has gained popularity with big wave surfers since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke a world record for the largest wave surfed here in 2011. ...more

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, Portugal. Praia do Norte beach has gained popularity with big wave surfers since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke a world record for the largest wave surfed here in 2011. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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German surfer Sebastian Steudtner drops in on a large wave during the Nazare Tow Challenge, February 11, 2020. Nazare's monstrous waves are magnified by an underwater canyon three miles deep which ends where the North Atlantic meets the shoreline near the former fishing village. 
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German surfer Sebastian Steudtner drops in on a large wave during the Nazare Tow Challenge, February 11, 2020. Nazare's monstrous waves are magnified by an underwater canyon three miles deep which ends where the North Atlantic meets the shoreline...more

German surfer Sebastian Steudtner drops in on a large wave during the Nazare Tow Challenge, February 11, 2020. Nazare's monstrous waves are magnified by an underwater canyon three miles deep which ends where the North Atlantic meets the shoreline near the former fishing village. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A surfer rides a giant wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, December 2014.   REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer rides a giant wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, December 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer rides a giant wave at Praia do Norte, in Nazare, December 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A surfer at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2015.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2015. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, November 2015. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A surf board is seen on the air after a surfer failed to ride on a large wave at Praia do Norte, December 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surf board is seen on the air after a surfer failed to ride on a large wave at Praia do Norte, December 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surf board is seen on the air after a surfer failed to ride on a large wave at Praia do Norte, December 2014. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner of Germany on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, January 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner of Germany on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, January 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner of Germany on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, January 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A surfer at Praia do Norte in Nazare, February 2017.  REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer at Praia do Norte in Nazare, February 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer at Praia do Norte in Nazare, February 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara rests during a 2013 surf session at Praia do Norte, in Nazare. McNamara scoured the world for the biggest waves to surf. He calls Portugal's Nazare coast the 'Holy Grail of huge waves.'  



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Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara rests during a 2013 surf session at Praia do Norte, in Nazare. McNamara scoured the world for the biggest waves to surf. He calls Portugal's Nazare coast the 'Holy Grail of huge waves.' REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara rests during a 2013 surf session at Praia do Norte, in Nazare. McNamara scoured the world for the biggest waves to surf. He calls Portugal's Nazare coast the 'Holy Grail of huge waves.' REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, February 2017.   REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, February 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, February 2017. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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South African surfer Grant Baker during the Nazare Challenge championship at Praia do Norte,l December 2016.   REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

South African surfer Grant Baker during the Nazare Challenge championship at Praia do Norte,l December 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

South African surfer Grant Baker during the Nazare Challenge championship at Praia do Norte,l December 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner of Germany at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner of Germany at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner of Germany at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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Big-wave surfer Trevor Carlson of Hawaii during the Nazare Challenge championship at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Big-wave surfer Trevor Carlson of Hawaii during the Nazare Challenge championship at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Big-wave surfer Trevor Carlson of Hawaii during the Nazare Challenge championship at Praia do Norte in Nazare, December 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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