You might not know this, but Nazaré is much more than that giant wave you see with the lighthouse in the foreground. Sure, it’s that too, but if you’ve ever spoken with someone who’s surfed there on a “medium-sized” day, things are not exactly easy. “Now, you should know everything they say about North Beach is true,” wrote Tiago Balsini. “It is powerful, mystical, mysterious, aggressive, perfect, dangerous and unique in this world.”
Thanks to a massive underwater canyon that funnels the ocean’s energy directly at the beach, the power there is unlike anywhere else on earth. Swimming around out there is not for the faint of heart, but Kalani Lattanzi is not a faint-of-heart kinda guy. At 23-years-old, Lattanzi, a Brazilian bodysurfer, surfs some very big waves without the help of a surfboard.