Grist to the Nazare Grinder

Ed Temperley

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Updated 221d ago

It feels as if surfing is currently navigating treacherous seas with serious injuries and near-drownings seemingly occurring every week.

Friday at Nazare played out a familiar story when Alemão de Maresias gunned it into the shorebreak to scoop-up an unconscious body lying face down in the foam. "I thought he wouldn't make it," recalls Helio Antonio who watched it all shake down from his cliffside perch. "He took a giant wave in the head, a huge one and disappeared for ages. Eventually he popped-up, floating head down in the water."

Reportedly the board impacted with his head, rendering him unconscious.

Reportedly the board impacted with his head, rendering him unconscious.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Face down as Alemão de Maresias steams in.

Face down as Alemão de Maresias steams in.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Back to the beach, post-haste.

Back to the beach, post-haste.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Not the first time we've seen a beach-side CPR scenario at Nazare.  Thankfully this time he walked away and made a full recovery.

Not the first time we've seen a beach-side CPR scenario at Nazare. Thankfully this time he walked away and made a full recovery.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Welcome to another day at Nazare day a swell so heavy (18ft @ 15 seconds) that even the most experienced guys out there were exercising extreme caution.

Sebastian Steudtner exercising caution? As one, if not the most experienced and best prepared teams alongside Eric Rebiere, he knows how to balance the scales.

Sebastian Steudtner exercising caution? As one, if not the most experienced and best prepared teams alongside Eric Rebiere, he knows how to balance the scales.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Fred David and a position to envy.

Fred David and a position to envy.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

This storm wasn't a classic black-hearted Atlantic bruiser, rather its proximity accounted for its significant size (18ft @ 15 seconds).

This storm wasn't a classic black-hearted Atlantic bruiser, rather its proximity accounted for its significant size (18ft @ 15 seconds).

Sebastian Steudtner and Rafael Tapia in a spot of bother.

Sebastian Steudtner and Rafael Tapia in a spot of bother.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Ross Clarke-Jones and Justine Dupont

Ross Clarke-Jones and Justine Dupont

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

The mill

The mill

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

It's not just that Nazare is this ferocious snarling beast, but also that you can get so close to the action.

It's not just that Nazare is this ferocious snarling beast, but also that you can get so close to the action.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Mick Corbet is back for another stint at the coal face

Mick Corbet is back for another stint at the coal face

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

The power and the glory

The power and the glory

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Sebastian Steudtner

Sebastian Steudtner

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Mick Corbet

Mick Corbet

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

Rafael Tapia centre stage and unknown heading for the shoulder...

Rafael Tapia centre stage and unknown heading for the shoulder...

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

© 2017 - Helio Antonio

We selected this image as the cover shot due to the simple brutality  on display here. Nowhere does a killer teepee wedge peak like Nazare.

We selected this image as the cover shot due to the simple brutality on display here. Nowhere does a killer teepee wedge peak like Nazare.

© 2017 - Helio Antonio


Ed Temperley

MSW editor. Instagram @edtemperley