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Watch a surfer take on a monster wave off the coast of Portugal

Sebastian Steudtner, a German pro surfer, rode a wave estimated at over 115 feet tall near Nazare, Portugal, on Jan. 18, 2018. (Video: Javi Goya/Ura Films)
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The waters off the coast of Portugal are home to some of the best surfing in the world, if you like your waves jaw-dropping and your experiences of the near-death variety.

Sebastian Steudtner, a 32-year-old pro surfer from Germany, conquered a big wave estimated at 35 meters near Nazare in the Silver Coast area of Portugal, and video of his ride is jaw-dropping. Steudtner accomplished his feat Thursday, and video of him and others during the ideal conditions has been increasingly shared ever since. Astonished viewers watched from shore, with Surfer calling the waves a “historic day” and saying they were “as big as apartment buildings.” Looks about right.

“Big wave surfing doesn’t just require guts,” Steudtner wrote on Facebook, “it requires every ounce of passion and commitment in your body.”

Big wave surfing doesn't just require guts, it requires every ounce of passion and commitment in your body.🌊🏄🏼

Posted by Sebastian Steudtner on Monday, January 22, 2018

Even by his standards, Steudtner, who describes himself as a “professional big wave surfer,” said the surfing was “unforgettable.”

Steudtner has been surfing ever since he took up boogie boarding when he was 9. Now, he also lists his interests as “mount bike, downhill MTB, Muay Thai boxing, snowboarding, MMA, film production, events, car racing, drifting motocross, X Games and marketing.”

Steudtner reported last week that “some of the biggest waves ever ridden in Nazare” were expected.

“January has been a busy month for big wave surfers in Europe,” Steudtner told Wavelength last week. “Many swells and big days were perfect preparation for everyone in the lineup. The forecast promised two huge days with surreal conditions for surfing. While Wednesday the first day of the swell was really windy and hard to surf, Thursday was a day to remember.”

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