Crazy Thrill-Seeking Surfers Ride Giant Wave after Storm in Portugal (14 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       2 Nov 2013       12232      

Brazilian Carlos Burle took on the monster wave - created by the St Jude storm - at Praia do Norte, near the fishing village of Nazare. Estimated at nearly 100ft, it is believed to be the biggest wave ever ridden.

The surf was generated by the same storm that battered Europe and the UK overnight, killing 11 and causing extensive damage. The beach is well-known in surfing circles as a mecca for large waves because it picks up the full brunt of the violent Atlantic storm swells.

A surfer wipes out while surfing a giant wave at Praia do Norte during a swell that hit the Portuguese coast, at Nazare, Portugal

She was dragged onto shore and given medical attention on the beach before being taken to hospital

Brazilian professional surfer Maya Gabeira is rescued after a giant wave knocked her unconscious in the surf zone, in Praia do Norte, in Nazare, Portugal

Gabeira was taken to hospital and is reportedly doing well despite suffering a broken ankle

English surfer Andrew Cotton rides a big wave at the Praia do Norte



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