It’s the middle of winter, which means it’s time for some big wave action in Nazaré. This year has been no different, and despite all the current travel challenges, a crew of surfers assembled to ride one of the biggest swells ever seen on the Portuguese coast. January 8, 2022 saw Nazaré truly come to life with offshore conditions and 50-70 foot waves, making it one of the biggest days in recent years. None other than Nic Von Rupp was there to sample the action.
From record-breaking heat waves to unprecedented wildfire seasons, it’s becoming more evident each day that we are living in an ecological crisis. For ecologist Rut Sagrera, she’s alarmed but hasn’t lost hope. She argues that our species is capable of living more sustainable lives. In fact, it’s rather natural to live in symbiosis with the earth. As a surfer, gardener, and animal lover, she sees examples of collaboration between other living organisms every time she’s in the water, on the
In National Geographic’s new short doc series, IMPACT, a six-part doc series that follows the stories of six women who make an impact in their communities across the globe, we are especially drawn to Episode 2, 'Surf Sisters,' which takes place in Half Moon Bay, California. Grief and loss are universal feelings. With this past year being quite isolating during the pandemic, that sentiment holds true as most of us move through these emotions. This is especially true for Kelsey, who lost her
Records in surfing are an inexact science. Taking measurements of who surfed the biggest wave of the year is very challenging, as you can’t just go out there with a measuring tape. In places like Nazaré, Portugal, huge waves can be a dime a dozen on big days – so it comes down to inspecting details on photos or in video to determine what was truly the biggest. Big wave rider Nic Von Rupp chats about this season in Nazaré and gives some interesting insight into the process of figuring out who