5 Things You Didn't Know About Nazare By Ross Clarke-Jones

3 Jan 2016 0

Sally Mac

Coastalwatch Digital Editor

Ross Clarke-Jones descends the mountain last week, Photo by Hugo Silva / RedBull Content Pool

Ross Clarke-Jones descends the mountain last week, Photo by Hugo Silva / RedBull Content Pool

Home to some of the biggest, surfable waves in the world, Nazare is nestled on the mid-coast of Portugal with a population less than 20,000. It's 16 degrees Celcius there today, in the middle of winter, but it's prime wave season and a handful of the best big wave surfers have been hanging out in the Portuguese town to take advantage of the epic conditions as the very first World Surf League, Big Wave Tour holds it's firs Nazare Challenge.

It's a wave that builds from deep Atlantic Ocean storms. It rolls in and gains momentum ready to erupt with an intense fury, over the giant underwater canyons of Nazare as the fittest athletes descend their huge faces and locals, photographers and the world's media watch from the point. Garrett McNamara currently holds the record for the largest surfed wave at 78 feet, in January 2013 but no one wave can be discounted from anything but courageous in attempt.  

SEE ALSO: A Rare Solid, Southern Slab 

We often see the successful rides at Nazare, there have of course been many failed attempts and near death situations. Just 2 days before Christmas 2015, first-timer Tom Lowe met with Jamie Mitchell's jet ski tow rope and ended up in a bit of a tangle and narrowly avoided injury. 

RedBull surfer and big wave cowboy, Ross Clarke-Jones has been spending the last week riding the monsters during the waiting period for the illustrious Hawaiian event, The Eddy. Clarke-Jones has taken on more than one man's fair share of ocean giants, but lives for that adrenalin fuelled drop and while conditions have been great in the last fortnight, he's been there suiting up and whipped into 30-50 foot volcano-esk walls of water with fellow RedBull surfers.

What are the 5 things we didn't know about Nazare until now, Ross?

  1. Nazare has more 30ft swells consistently than anywhere else in the world. 
  2. Anyone that goes out in the big waves has to register with the Nazare Maritime Police first. 
  3. You need more floatation wetsuits and inflatable suits than anywhere else.  
  4. Nazare has some of the best freshest seafood in Europe.
  5. Anybody coming to Nazare needs to see Lino Bogahlo for any and all you need in Nazare to make it successful and fun!

WATCH the first ever WSL Big Wave Challenge Nazare! 

All suited up in the inflatable wetsuits,  Photo by Andrew Goldie / RedBull Content Pool

All suited up in the inflatable wetsuits, Photo by Andrew Goldie / RedBull Content Pool

Backdooring Nazare, Photo by Hugo Silva / RedBull Content Pool

Backdooring Nazare, Photo by Hugo Silva / RedBull Content Pool

One of the smaller ones, Photo by Hugo Silva / RedBull Content Pool

One of the smaller ones, Photo by Hugo Silva / RedBull Content Pool


Tags: ross, clarke-jones, nazare, surfing, big, wave, interview (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Lists
Summer In 'Straya: Top 5 Camping Spots At Surf Breaks

Summer In 'Straya: Top 5 Camping Spots At Surf Breaks

Pack up the car and the fam.

7 8 Dec 2016
The Best Last Minute Gifts For Dad!

The Best Last Minute Gifts For Dad!

Father's Day sorted!

0 24 Aug 2016
Recent

Ballina Drone Footage Captures Shark Vs. Surfer Close Call

How does this make you feel?

5 24 Feb 2017
Brad Gerlach Moves To Australia!

Brad Gerlach Moves To Australia!

0 22 Feb 2017
Do You Want To Know Exactly When To Go?

Do You Want To Know Exactly When To Go?

0 22 Feb 2017
Remembering What Greenmount Barrels Actually Look Like

Remembering What Greenmount Barrels Actually Look Like

1 18 Feb 2017
Live The Dream Surf Job With O'Neill In Sydney

Live The Dream Surf Job With O'Neill In Sydney

0 18 Feb 2017
Latest News

Brad Gerlach Moves To Australia!

And will surf at the SurfAid Cup this Friday

Do You Want To Know Exactly When To Go?

Nick Carroll and Ben Macartney present...

Go to Top