BIG WAVE ODYSSEY

A slice of surf­ing par­adise doesn’t al­ways mean trop­i­cal des­ti­na­tions. Some surfers like to charge the big stuff. French surfer Jus­tine Dupont moved to Por­tu­gal to be near Europe’s premier big wave spot, Nazaré.

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In this new era of big wave rid­ing, com­mit­ment and train­ing bring to­gether the tech­ni­cal, phys­i­cal and men­tal as­pects of surf­ing. Nazaré is the sort of place that com­pels you to en­hance your level of surf­ing, so Jus­tine and Fred moved here last win­ter. After a few in­tense months, Jus­tine is thriv­ing in the big surf. “There is no other place like this. It’s big really of­ten. Chal­leng­ing. It’s the best place in my opin­ion to train and ride big waves.”

Nazaré has changed Jus­tine’s life, be­come her base camp and pro­pelled her onto the global big wave scene. Jus­tine just took part in the his­toric Women’s Pe’ahi Chal­lenge which saw six com­peti­tors charge mon­strous set waves at the in­fa­mous big wave spot on Maui.

Jus­tine and her boyfriend Fred David have fallen in love with Nazaré.

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