"Go Everywhere But Nazare," Four Days of Portugal As You've Never Seen it Before

Jason Lock

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Updated 350d ago

Europe went into full meltdown earlier this week. We knew Portugal's colossal wave at Nazare was going to rear its head for a number of days straight. Usually when it does, we task our man on the ground, the master of shooting those XXL peaks, Helio Antonio with capturing all the drama throughout. This time though, the brief was different: “Go anywhere but Nazare.”

Not something you really should to say to a photographer who was born and bred in Nazare (his favourite restaurant is seafood joint Aki-D'el-Mar) – but Helio is a creative at heart and relished the unshackling.

There’s a guy having a good time inside that barrel. And yes, he made it out.

There’s a guy having a good time inside that barrel. And yes, he made it out.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

So, he got in his car, before dawn, for four days straight and shot until sun down. “Funny how Nazare is still kicking ass, and just one hour away you can go get some fun barrels,” he said on day three of the run. “The vibe is really good! Just about anyone who can be in the water is in the water. After long days on the road, I’m sure: Portugal is one of the best places on earth at this time of year.”

First stop of the morning, didn’t expect this place to be pumping but a set came in and the coluors were beautiful.

First stop of the morning, didn’t expect this place to be pumping but a set came in and the coluors were beautiful.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

While you may have seen XXL Ireland win the battle this swell, we think it's Portugal that won the war – with days upon days of stunning surf for just about everyone. Most places remain unidentified; Helio didn't offer up the info, and we didn't ask....

Swell lines bump into human constructions.

Swell lines bump into human constructions.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

Pedro Calado navigating a bomb, probably the wave of the session,

Pedro Calado navigating a bomb, probably the wave of the session,

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

This place has very few clients, heavy fast waves and difficult access keep everyone away.

This place has very few clients, heavy fast waves and difficult access keep everyone away.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

Would love to see someone tackling this wild animal. It’s been surfed before but the risk is very present.

Would love to see someone tackling this wild animal. It’s been surfed before but the risk is very present.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

Empty, wild and perfect are common adjectives for this area.

Empty, wild and perfect are common adjectives for this area.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

oo much swell to be paddling on this spot but if anyone got out there…

oo much swell to be paddling on this spot but if anyone got out there…

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

Blue hour and offshore winds are my favourite combination.

Blue hour and offshore winds are my favourite combination.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

Man made wave.

Man made wave.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

Water photographer Nuno Fontinha had the best view for this one.

Water photographer Nuno Fontinha had the best view for this one.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio

The inside section.

The inside section.

© 2022 - Helio Antonio