Footage From Maquinavoadora.com
Professional Big Wave Surfer, Sebastian Steudtner catches one of the Biggest Waves of the season during a recent Giant Swell in Praia do Norte, Nazaré Portugal. Local Drone team “Máquina Voadora – Produções” captures the wave and the successful rescue from a close angle, flying at very low altitude and almost loosing their drone in the process, the resulting footage is quite overwhelming and spectacular. Sebastian Steudtner, 32 years old, is a Professional Big Wave Surfer from Germany and one of the top Big Riders worldwide, Steudtner is a 2 times winner of the WSL Biggest Wave Award, a prize won both in the 2010 and 2015 edition of the “Oscars” of Big Wave Surfing, an award given to the single biggest wave ridden worldwide during the entire year, and one of the most respected prizes given in Big Wave Surfing. Sebastian Steudtner leave his hometown of Nuremberg at the age of 16 and moved to Hawaii where he got to know big wave surfing, ultimately leading him to a successful career in the industry. This swell originated from a North Atlantic storm and produced some of the biggest and heaviest waves the town has seen in years, reaching the 80ft mark on Thursday, January 18th, 2018. Some of the biggest names in Big Wave Surfing have descent on Praia do Norte, in Nazaré – off the coast of Portugal, to ride the Biggest Swell since 2014. Locals already call the day “The Big Thursday”, the same name given to the infamous swell of 2014, also on a Thursday. Benjamin Sanchis, Ross Clarke-Jones, Sebastian Steudtner, Maya Gabeira, Hugo Vau, Alex Botelho, Marcelo Luna, Axi Munian, Andrey Karr, João Guedes, Roland Pierre and many other Professional Big Wave Surfers were in the water, several monster waves were ridden that most likely will end up nominated for the WSL Big Wave Awards, as footage continues to be released. Praia do Norte beach, near the fishing village of Nazaré, has become famous for huge waves since Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara set a then-record in 2011 for the largest wave ever surfed, when he rode a 78-foot wave.
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