Like father like son, watch how little grom King Nicol shreds just like his dad Yadin Nicol. In fact, the two are completely in sync on the waves. Considering that the 6-year-old has learned a thing or two from his dad, who’s been a regular on the WSL tour for the past 12 years, it’s no surprise he’s already keeping up with his elder.
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:
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.
One of the coolest parts about surf trips to far-off lands is getting to watch the local kids rip apart their home wave. It’s like watching Alex Honnold scurry up a section of rock he’s mastered by climbing a thousand times, or Candide tear down Val Thorens. There’s just something about seeing a grom at his local wave that really makes you curse your fate that you weren’t born looking out at a world class surf break. Related: Chippa Wilson Just Dropped an Indo Banger In the case of ,