While the storms that pounded Portugal’s west coast over the past week have proven disastrous for some coastal towns, they have provided the world’s best big-wave surfers with a proving ground to showcase their talents.
“We thought that we wouldn’t have surf. However, our team met in the morning and decided to go for it,” Steudtner told Yahoo! about his ride. “They were huge waves, but it was also very windy. We decided to stay together, I grabbed the tow rope and caught three waves. I was lucky on my third ride. The wave face was smooth, and there was hardly anyone in the water…I was very lucky to catch the biggest wave of this first big day in Nazaré.”
Steudtner’s epic ride set surfing fans on Twitter into a frenzy:
— Hameed Pooya (@HameedPooya) October 30, 2015
Don’t get jealous Dockie: head over to Portugal!
— ☣Barón Emilio Death☢ (@krONik) October 29, 2015
Here’s another kind of “Board decision” I really appreciate
— François Legaud (@Francois_Legaud) October 28, 2015
— Silke (@Skippy9474) October 28, 2015
While Steudtner and other famed big-wave surfers like Ross Clarke-Jones were enjoying the towering waves that rolled in, other towns on the coast were dealing with more tragic consequences of all the storms.
Authorities in the southern region of Algarve reported that the body of an 80-year-old man was found submerged in his car on Monday after severe flooding wreaked havoc on the country’s coastal areas.
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