Watch this Dramatic Rescue of a Fallen Big Wave Surfer

In late February, the best big wave surfers in the world caught wind of a storm headed for Nazaré, Portugal—a surfing destination only recently recognized for producing the world’s most awesome and powerful waves. The sport of big-wave surfing can sometimes require dropping everything and traveling around the world at a moment’s notice.

Pedro “Scooby” Vianna, a professional surfer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was at Carnival on February 26 with his wife when he heard about Ewan—a big storm building off the coast of Greenland and moving toward Europe. Surf forecasters predicted it would be the biggest swell of the year. Scooby was on a flight to Portugal the next morning.

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