All over Europe, Hercules made headlines. Huge swells hit the European coastlines early in January, and amazing reports of huge conditions filtered in from all over the Atlantic coast. But somehow, the only thing that came out of Nazaré, one of Europe’s most well-known big wave spots, was silence.
I was there, and I can tell you that although the massive walls of water were certainly present, no one was out there. Not a single surfer charged Nazaré’s beautiful monsters. Surfers from all over the globe were present, so what went wrong on such an epic few days in surfing’s history?