Just because Nazare steals the show when it lights up, doesn't mean the world stops – no sir. The rest of Portugal pumped while the home of the world's biggest wave ate people alive. On the ground, MSW tasked local shooter Luke Dawson with going from sun up, to sun down, capturing everything he could from Peniche south. Here's how get on.
Words by Luke Dawson.
Portugal explodes throughout social media and the main surf outlets when there's a giant NW swell. Nazare is going to be huge and with this forecast the wind also was perfect.
With all eyes pointed towards the world's biggest wave show it is easy to miss the other opportunities to score in Portugal and boy was there are more than a few.
Portugal has a myriad of spots that pump on these massive swells. Starting the day I travelled up to Peniche to scope out the possibility of huge Supertubos. Even on the biggest swells, there are opportunities for corners. Although the morning was still well overloaded by the long period swell around the area, there were a few spots that handled the swell quite nicely. Like, Molhe Leste and the left wedge off the fort.
During midday on the lower tide, Ericeira was just massive with all the most known spots becoming mutant. The bays at Coxos and Ribeira d'Ilhas completely closed out with massive sets. Most of Ericeira throughout the peak of the swell was completely overloaded; being an exposed open coast most of Ericeira does not fair well on the massive swells although opportunities to surf the harbour still exist.
As the tide filled in all eyes turned onto Carcavelos. South facing it handles nearly anything you can throw at it. Friday afternoon was a forerunner of the bigger swell Saturday and had proved that the sand bars were epic ready for the bigger sets. Saturday afternoon was absolutely firing. The sets were breaking on outer bombies in the middle of the river a few hundred meters out warning everyone in the water a few minutes before they would be detonating on the beach.
The three or four peaks down the beach looked like pipeline it was nuts. Double overhead sets and perfect spitting barrels. What a way to end the day coupled with an epic sunset and offshore winds; an impressive way to end a day of swell in Portugal with Kikas and Pedro Boonman getting absolute bombs and a Pipeline like peanut gallery enjoying the spectacle up and down the beach.
Definitely some of the biggest most perfect Carcavelos I have seen in a few years. I would even say some of the best toobs this year.