This year, Portugal-born, London-based photographer André Silva went to Nazaré to shoot these brave watermen doing what they do best. But unlike the hundreds of other photographers who shoot the athletes from the vantage of the town’s famous lighthouse, Silva, who is old friends with many of these surfers, followed them for weeks. The result: a tense, intimate look at world-class athletes—before, during, and after their death-defying rides.
These photos were originally published on Wonders.
Photo: Most of the waves in Nazaré move in from the northwest, towards this rocky point. One of the biggest concerns among surfers is falling too close to the lighthouse, as doing so would likely force them into the currents smashing up against the rocks. “All the surfers are mindful of it,” contends Silva, “but the biggest waves actually break pretty close to the lighthouse.”