Photographer / Filmmaker / Drone Producer / Co-Founder, Máquina Voadora

The Inertia

Big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner rode a spectacular monster wave in Portugal’s Nazaré this year. The footage was just recently released during the presentation of this years nominations for the WSL Big Wave Awards, in which Steudtner’s wave is now one of the final five nominated for the Biggest Wave.

Locals described this wave as one of the biggest of the season and possibly one of the biggest ever. February 7th was a really difficult day to capture video at Nazaré. The myst was very thick and the light was terrible. Even so, I’m really happy to have captured Sebastian’s wave. That thing was monstrous and Sebastian’s ride was flawless — for sure one of the biggest and most spetacular waves I’ve ever captured out there. I don’t like to go into speculations as the official measurements will be presented by the WSL in just a few days, but calling this or any other wave from this season a new world record is just a game that I prefer not to play.

Sebastian was teaming up with Brazilian big wave surfer and holder of the current Guiness World Record for biggest wave ever surfed by a woman, Maya Gabeira, who towed Steudtner into this monster wave and rescued him after the ride. About this wave in particular, Maya said “I’ve towed Sebastian to several big ones during that session, but this wave was special. It was the biggest wave I’ve watched during the all season for sure, really glad for him.”

Steudtner, who’s aready won XXL awards, posted an unofficial measurement sent to him by the German Institute for Solid State Physics, claiming the wave could potentially be measured at 95ft.


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