Surfing has had many iconic photographs, starting at the beginning of modern surfing and going all the way to the current era, when so many photos are taken every day that it becomes harder and harder to stand out. But it happened again, on the 28th of January of 2011.
Portuguese photographer, To Mané, drove all the way from his home, in Porto, to Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, to capture a moment that would become one of the most published surf images of all time. This well-known surfing photographer took his time to find the right angle to photograph the biggest waves and “frame it” with the Fort of São Miguel and the lighthouse.
When he found it, all he had to do was to wait for one of the big wave riders in the water to catch a “bomb”, and that’s exactly what Garrett McNamara did! The Hawaiian surfed one of the biggest wave ever ridden, and Tó Mané gave it some perspective using the local surroundings.
In just a few hours the photo would be seen all around the world, making Nazaré even more well known than it already was. It became one of the most memorable surfing pictures of all time, being features in publications such as Time Magazine, National Geographic, The Times, websites like CNN and BBC, books, and all major surf magazines.
More than 7 years have passed since the morning it was taken and the photo is still being published all around the world…