As big wave season looms at Nazaré, filmer Alex Laurel looks back on Andrew Cotton, Lucas 'Chumbo' Chianca and Hugo Vau's massive moments from the 2017–18 season.
It's safe to say that any time one of these chargers goes over the ledge at Nazaré, it's a momentous feat of human skill and bravery. And, over the years, there have been countless drops, barrels and huge wipeouts that have stunned viewers around the world. But the three moments featured in this short documentary, by longtime Nazaré filmer Alex Laurel, will go down in the history books.
Whatever happens, we’ll be on it, beaming the incredible footage back to you. "I was all or nothing," British big-wave surfer Andrew Cotton says of his wipeout heard around the world on November 8, 2017. "I just had this weightless feeling for what seemed like way too long." It was indeed way too long.
The wave in question was nowhere near the biggest wave Cotton had ever surfed at Nazaré, but the wipeout was like no one had ever seen before in all the years the world's bravest men and women have been charging the peaks at the famed Portuguese big wave spot.