One giant wave, one amazing ride

Praia do Norte in Nazare along Portugal's central coast is no stranger to large waves, and German surfer Sebastian Steudtner (above) seized the opportunity to drop in on a giant one on Thursday.

Nazare's undersea geography includes a deep canyon, which creates ideal conditions for forming large waves generated from winter storms in the North Atlantic.

In November 2011, surfer Garrett McNamara rode a record-breaking giant wave: 23.8m high from trough to crest at Nazare.

The big waves generally appear during the winter season - typically between October and February - although they do not appear every day and are dependent on storms in the high seas.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 20, 2018, with the headline 'One giant wave, one amazing ride'. Print Edition | Subscribe