PADDLING Nazare: Shane Dorian, Benjamin Sanchis, Eric Rebiere, Tom Butler, Sebastian Steudtner, Al Mennie, Andrew Cotton and Hugo Vau collected at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal on Friday, January 11th, 2013, with one aim in mind.
Words: Tom Butler
I couldn't wait to get rinsed clean by a Nazare wedge after the festive frivolities. And in anticipation I left my equipment here over Christmas: boards, ski, sled, wetties, Seb's van, everything.
So today…. 7:15 start, some spaghetti for breakfast cooked up by Fabrizio our new found talented Italian filmer, a class act from London film academy. Myself and Sebastian loaded the van with gear plus Willem a German filmmaker who shoots documentries for TV station NDR.
We left the ski at home and drove across town and down the hill to the fort to check the waves. This was around 8:30, down the point were the North Canyon crew, also up and awake already where some local spectators - the day was really still, pretty warm (for an Englishman) a little foggy with glances of sunny skies starting to come through, nice.
Then there was the swell, massive, nice and clean with tightly-packed lines stacked to the horizon - not good for the nerves. I know the beach a bit having been here for the last couple of months and oddly it actually looked a lot like the first day we surfed out here.
© Nazaré Qualifica / Vitor Estrelinha / Jorge Leal