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Greg Long Gives You A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Taming Cortes Bank

The Cortes Bank is an underwater seamount that sits just below the ocean's surface, which creates one of the largest surfable breaks in the world. The break is located 100 miles off the coast of Southern California, so its pure isolation adds to the mystique and danger of surfing the Cortes Bank. 

This past Friday, big-wave surfers Greg Long, Twig Baker, Alex Gray and Jojo Roper, along with a four-man safety crew journeyed overnight to Cortes. Watch as Long, who nearly died following a heavy wipeout at Cortes in 2012, returns to the beast to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to ride on mountains made of water.

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Anderson Cooper to Explore Nazaré This Week on 60 Minutes
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Anderson Cooper to Explore Nazaré This Week on 60 Minutes

Anderson Cooper to Explore Nazaré This Week on 60 Minutes

In 2011, big wave legend Garret McNamara was towed into a 78-foot monster swell off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. At the time it was the largest wave ever ridden, and needless to say, it shocked people around the world. Most recoiled in fear, others watched with queasiness, and a select few waxed up their boards and hopped on a flight to Lisbon. Since McNamara’s historic ride, Nazaré has turned into the world’s premier big wave destination, and every winter some of the best surfers flock

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Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré
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Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré

Watch the Full Video of Anderson Cooper Exploring Nazaré

For centuries the ancient town of Nazaré was thought of only as a small fishing village along the Portuguese coast, if thought of at all. That all changed in 2011 when big wave legend and surf pioneer Garrett McNamara recorded himself with a GoPro riding down the face of a 78-foot behemoth within spitting distance of the town’s historic lighthouse. Since then, the once quiet town has been flooded by surfers and the town’s economy has been revitalized. Related: Rent or Download Andy Irons:

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Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke
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Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke

Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke

The locals consider it a sign of good luck to take a massive wipeout when surfing Nazaré for the first time. If the legend is true, then renowned slab hunter Russell Bierke might be the luckiest guy in Portugal. After letting go of his towline and dropping into an estimated 60-footer, the young Aussie got overtaken by the pursuing wave and disappeared for 14 agonizing seconds. We can only imagine the beating he took, but if anyone has experience in that type of situation, it’s Russell.