Tuesday was a day that promised a lot swell-wise, having only equalled or exceed such heights 17 times in our records that date back to 1980. But as is too often the case, the winds refused to play ball, limiting the number of rideable mountains for the brave few that actually jumped from skis and into straps. Not to say there wasn't a few truly heroic moments though — Francisco Porcella, Lucas Chumbo and Pedro Scooby, we're looking at you.
However, one of the finer things about Nazare as a big wave spot is its surroundings and close proximity to shore. It's a show like no other. Monstrous tee-pee peaks detonate on the inside and spray spectators viewing from the cliff whilst 100ft sets black out the horizon beyond. So whether many waves were being ridden or not, there's always a story to tell and an audience to entertain. Take it all in through the lens of Helio Antonio: