Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

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Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Pterodroma » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:14 am

So video of massive Nazare has done the rounds again this week, and has previously given the world the "biggest wave ever surfed". There is no doubting it gets huge... So why no real attention from many of the big wave guys? Sure, Dorian paddled it a while back but thats about it.

It's obviously a tow wave when it's that big (although that's what everyone said about plenty of other big waves until guys started paddling them). Is this just indicative of the current preference for paddling over towing amongst the best of the best? The passing of the tow surfing madness?

Too difficult to predict accurately for it to be worth the effort/logistics?

Is it because it often looks like the biggest scariest mushburger ever and no one wants to get killed by a wave like that?
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby WP101 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:39 pm

Pterodroma wrote:
Is it because it often looks like the biggest scariest mushburger ever and no one wants to get killed by a wave like that?


yep, total mushburger :x

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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Pterodroma » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:17 pm

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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby insideout » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:00 pm

Big wave surfing to me just looks like people going really fast and holding a straight line....

I reckon most surfers could get towed into a wave at Nazare and make it if they were in a life or death situation.
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby mal-nourished » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:06 pm

its probably more legitimate as theres no channels etc like pico alto its a open ocean wave so realistically more of a challenge than some big name breaks .... 8)
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby danny1 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:59 pm

this isn't a legitimate thread
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Chris F » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:00 pm

insideout wrote:I reckon most surfers could get towed into a wave at Nazare and make it if they were in a life or death situation.



But how many are prepared to take that chance?
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Philshoz » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:08 pm

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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby rodent » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:17 pm

mal-nourished wrote:its probably more legitimate as theres no channels etc like pico alto its a open ocean wave so realistically more of a challenge than some big name breaks .... 8)


Don't get the comparison, Pico Alto is about a KM out to sea and is a popular paddle in spot
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby briggfoot » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:45 pm

Chris F wrote:
insideout wrote:I reckon most surfers could get towed into a wave at Nazare and make it if they were in a life or death situation.



But how many are prepared to take that chance?


Agreed.

And it's these guys who developed the techniques of 'getting towed' in in the first place: - speeds, trajectories, angles, wave selection, take-off areas etc. Their 'skill' is a lot more than just standing on a board riding down the face, it's getting to that stage in the first place.

Plus they have the experience and specialist fitness and mindset to handle large wave wipeouts and come back for more, whereas for us they'd probably be fatal.
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby mal-nourished » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:34 am

the comparasion with pico alto- rodent was in relation to them being shifting heaving waves with no channel should imagine pretty scarey to have a big monster wave doing that whilst in the water... 8) the tow in paddle in in argument i personally think is one will be tested over the course the wind would play a big part its a shame the boys over in irelland arent getting same exposure for the sessions going down at mullaghmore this week.....
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby buttholesurfer » Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:26 am

Shifting around snarling monster! NO THANKS!
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby WP101 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:01 am

danny1 wrote:this isn't a legitimate thread


totally. makes no sense what so ever.
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Chris F » Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:50 am

Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?


Are the Kennedys gun shy?
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby WP101 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:12 pm

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Vince Noir » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:50 pm

Whey to send a thread off course
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Matt Rose » Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:54 pm

Captain, I see a wave approaching on the horizon, it looks quite big.

Is it legitimate?
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby dixie » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:00 pm

seen saunton bigger
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby dixie » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:01 pm

and funny mushrooms in my yard :lol:
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Underdog » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:34 pm

Nah, Looks like a bastard to me...........
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby WP101 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:46 am

Matt Rose wrote:Captain, I see a wave approaching on the horizon, it looks quite big.

Is it legitimate?


guaranteed ill be using that one
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Pterodroma » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:41 pm

mal-nourished wrote:its a shame the boys over in irelland arent getting same exposure for the sessions going down at mullaghmore this week.....


Agreed.

insideout wrote:I reckon most surfers could get towed into a wave at Nazare and make it if they were in a life or death situation.


:shock: Rather you than me...

The dedication, preparation and skill set involved in catching one of these beasts at Nazare is something I have great respect for. Plenty of surfers with this skill set have not surfed there. Why aren't more guys surfing/towing Nazare? Maybe they will after this?

If I was going to go and sit on the cliff to watch a swell I would travel to Mullaghmore over Nazare. The mainstream media (understandably) seem most interested in the biggest wave, are surfers the same? Or are we more impressed by something less easily defined and understood by people who don't surf?
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Archy_is_God » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:06 pm

Nazare has been surfed by decades - 99% paddle and only just recently has it hit the media attention as a tow spot, quite legitimately if you ask me.

It's a giant beachbreak and like all beachies, you get some bonkers inside-out barrels and the odd one that mushes out... but TBH, I would steer clear of it in most circumstances.

When you speak to Cotty, he says it's a pretty freaky place even at 8ft and if it spooks him, then I'll give it a very wide berth thank you :x
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Re: Is Nazare a legitimate big wave spot?

Postby Pterodroma » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:17 am

Archy_is_God wrote:Nazare has been surfed by decades - 99% paddle and only just recently has it hit the media attention as a tow spot, quite legitimately if you ask me.


Thanks, had wondered if it had always been surfed but only more recently on the really massive days. When you see more panned out footage of the whole set up it looks really intense and terrifying.

I guess the double up effect (constructive interference - http://magicseaweed.com/Nazare-Up-To-11-Content/3549/3/) also plays a part in the waves that seem to roll and tumble rather than throw over.

Kudos to anyone with the balls to go anywhere near it though.
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