19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Deceiving beauty

Praia do Norte. This beach is located near the village of Nazare, Portugal. During storms, it is home to some of the highest waves in the world. The reason lies in the canyon 5 km deep, which is close to the coast and is located perpendicular to it. Therefore, water that does not find obstacles in its path, suddenly colliding with the rise of the bottom near the coast, sharply gains height. It is an iconic place for surfers. It has set world records in surfing for the largest wave taken. The first such record was set by Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara in 2011 - the wave height was 24 meters. Then, in 2013, he broke his record by breaking a 30-meter wave.

Photo Detail
Date Uploaded: 08.2021
Photo Location: Nazare, Portugal
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Alexander Konstantinov