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Video: Watch These Locals Make Teahupo’o Look Easy

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. 

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In the case of The Road to Homecoming, filmmaker Ryan Moss spent three months in Tahiti capturing the local talent chuck themselves over the most notorious reef slab in surfing: Teahupo’o. What he got was a beautiful short full of glassy blue/green caverns and awesome tunes. It’s worth a watch. Maybe two or three in fact.

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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. 

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Grant “Twiggy” Baker Wins Nazaré Big Wave Challenge
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Grant “Twiggy” Baker Wins Nazaré Big Wave Challenge

Grant “Twiggy” Baker Wins Nazaré Big Wave Challenge

It was by no means a world-record breaking day in terms of sheer size of waves ridden, but the swell that did grace Nazaré for the 2019 Big Wave Tour challenge might have been the best possible outcome.  Related: Nazaré Welcomes Russell Bierke  40-foot sets rolled in all afternoon and, aided by the touch of a slight offshore breeze that cleaned up the face, the product was some of the best Nazaré surfing we’ve seen yet. Whereas on big days, mind you is a relative term when it comes