Well, isn't that the way it goes... we're in Portugal for ten days, and two days after we leave, the world's largest wave gets surfed! Last weekend, as hurricane conditions swept through the east coast of Europe and killed almost a dozen people, gigantic (and we mean gigantic) waves brought surfers to the infamous area known as Nazare, which is about an hour north of Lisbon in Portugal and an iconic surf destination with a reputation for consistently producing some of the world's biggest waves.
On the last run of the day on Monday, after rescuing his friend who had broken her ankle, Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle caught what is believed to be the largest wave in history -- a 100-foot wall of water. You must watch the video below to get a visual (although you may want to watch it on mute):
It all takes a moment to sink in for those of us looking up and trying to imagine what standing under a 100-foot wave might feel like, but believe it or not this is not the first time history has been made at Nazare. In 2011, Hawaiian Garrett McNamara surfed a 78-foot wave there that was the world's biggest at the time, and just this past January he too claimed to have caught a 100-foot wave on the same shores (shown in cover photo).
Because the heights and records are officially determined and announced at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, we won't know until May 2014 how the measurements shake out. Either way, we're starring a visit to this beach as our top priority on our next visit to Portugal. We're not exactly hoping for a hurricane, but at least we know we'll have a good time, rain or shine.