Big wave surfer Marcelo Luna has been chasing Nazaré’s monstrous waves since 2016. So when conditions are extra big in this famous Portugal fishing town, you can expect the 33-year-old to be there front and center. And last January, he opened the year getting eaten by Praia do Norte’s waves.
In this drone footage by Máquina Voadora, you can see Luna successfully making the drop and getting swallowed by the whitewash that followed. He was under for a few seconds and eventually resurfaced thanks to his inflatable vest, before getting towed by the rescue team.
“I got lucky not to be directly under the lip of the wave during impact,” Luna shared after the session. “Otherwise this could have been a very different story. The energy of that wave was really intense and held me down for a long time.”
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