Praia do Norte (Nazaré)

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Giant breaking waves in Praia do Norte.
The Praia do Norte, Nazaré (North Beach) was listed on the Guinness World Records for the biggest waves ever surfed (formed under the influence of the Nazaré Canyon).

The Praia do Norte (North Beach) is a Portuguese beach located in Nazaré, Portugal, which due to its great conditions of surfing and its giant breaking waves was listed on the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest waves ever surfed.

Praia do Norte’s very high breaking waves form due to the presence of the underwater Nazaré Canyon.[1] The canyon creates constructive interference between incoming swell waves which tends to make the waves much larger.

In November 2011, surfer Garrett McNamara, who resides in Hawai'i, surfed a record-breaking giant wave: 78 feet (23.8 m) from trough to crest, at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal.[2] On 28 January 2013, McNamara returned to the spot and successfully surfed a wave that appeared even larger, but is awaiting an official measurement.[3] As of November, 2018 we are still waiting for someone to measure the wave.

On November 8, 2017, Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa broke the previous record surfing an 80 feet (24.4 m) wave at Praia do Norte which was captured in a video that went viral over social media.[4]


  1. ^ "Hawaiian surfer breaks wave-riding record at Nazare, Portugal". BBC News. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  2. ^ "McNamara Claims Record For Biggest Wave Ever Surfed". CBS Los Angeles. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  3. ^ Mauro, Chris (2013-01-28). "Did Garrett McNamara just break his own world record?". (with Yahoo! Sports). Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  4. ^ Menezes, Jack de (2018-05-01). "Rodrigo Koxa breaks world record for largest wave ever surfed after incredible run at Nazare beach". Retrieved 2018-08-13.

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