Super Sunday in Europe was a blast! Waves from Ireland way down into Portugal, including Mundaka, UK and Nazare. But remember earlier this week? Miguel Blanco's Wave of the Day? It was one of those epic, stoke-filled moments we won't soon forget. And now, we've got the full edit from that session out of this pumping Portuguese powerhouse.
Ericeira is a World Surfing Reserve, meaning it is protected forever. The area is home to seven world-class waves stretched over three-or-so miles. It's also home to one of the gnarliest, hardest to surf waves on the planet called Cave. You've seen vids of it before, probably heard the whispers about it, one of those waves that if you don't make the drop, you're going onto rocks.
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Anyway, this past Sunday Tom Lowe, Torrey Meister, Kiron Jabor, the aforementioned Miguel Blanco, South Africa's Adin Masencamp and a whole load more took an axe to this part of Ericeira, and the results are dazzling.
Our filmer, Bruno Dias, braved the paddle out at first light with Lowey before the crowds showed up. On the ground, watching the action, was photographer Luke Gartside, who snapped all you see throughout (except the edit above, which is by Bruno).
This marked Lowey's first session in heavy waves of the northern hemi winter and was out there by himself, with Bruno bobbing next to him for a couple of hours. Caught some bombs and was done. Came in happy.
After that, Torrey arrived, paddled out along with local surfer Vasco Monica and JeJe Vidal, a surfer from Sao Tome (who features on the cover shot).
“Watching Torrey surf it was pretty unbelievable,” said Luke. “He’s on his forehand, has surfed there a bit before and is obviously super used to wrangling heavy shallow slabs in Hawaii. He got some mental ones, only calling it a day when the slab went dry.”
We're not going to give any more away, hit play on the vid above and sit back for four minutes of flawless, yet wildly dangerous, tubes.
Additional reporting by Luke Gartside