Surfers charge massive waves as big-wave spot Nazaré lights up

Big-wave surfing is all about being at the right place, at precisely the right time.

On Tuesday, the infamous big-wave spot Nazaré showed its teeth, and a handful of hard-charging big-wave surfers were there … and they were on it.

The crew that was there took to Instagram to share with us some of the highlights from the day.

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Francisco Porcella dropped into an unbelievably technical wave, successfully making it to the shoulder and earning him a “Ride of the Year” entry for the Big Wave Awards:

And Jamie Mitchell scored a solid one just before the sun went down:

Lucas Chianca apparently got into a sketchy situation while trying to rescue fellow charger Pedro “Scooby” Vianna after he wiped out on what photographer Pedro Bala called “probably the biggest one of the day”: