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Big wave surfing in Portugal

Big wave surfing in Portugal

Portuguese big wave surfer Joao Guedes drops in on a wave at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal.(FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP / Getty Images)

Praia do Norte in Nazaré along Portugal’s central coast is no stranger to large waves. Nazaré's undersea geography includes a deep canyon, which creates ideal conditions for forming large waves generated from winter storms in the North Atlantic. In November 2011, surfer Garrett McNamara surfed a record-breaking 78-foot giant wave at Nazaré.

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German big wave surfer Sebastien Steudtner drops a wave during a surf session in Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal.

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Australian big wave surfer Ross Clarke-Jones drops a wave during a surf session in Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal.

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German big wave surfer Sebastien Steudtner drops at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal.

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Australian surfer Ross Clarke-Jones surfs the big waves of Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal.

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