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Meet The Guardian Of Big Wave Surfing At Nazaré

On the biggest days of the year, Sergio Cosme is saving lives.

cinema // Mar 29, 2019
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

“Don’t commemorate before the rescue” – that’s the psyched behind Sergio Cosme, the guardian angel of the world’s most dangerous wave.

This is because Sergio knows the time between two waves at Nazaré is 10 to 15 seconds. It’s within this time that Sergio, or any rescue driver, has to locate a fallen surfer and pull them from impact. This is a short window that shrinks with each missed opportunity, with each steamrolling wave. Although Nazaré may not have the hollow aesthetics of Jaws or Chopes, the rate that it goes XXL is unlike any other locale in the world. It’s a true natural wonder and it has the power to toss skis in the air, to shatter femurs, backs, boards, and bodies.

The power to easily drown the aptest of big wave surfers.

This Red Bull documentary unveils the man you want coming to your rescue when things go pear at at the rolling water mountain. Sergio is a professional driver – from motocross to rally car racing. In the past five years, however, he’s dedicated his talents to keeping the hell(wo)men safe at Nazaré. On the biggest days of the year, Sergio is saving lives and keeping the untamable, er, tamer…

Hit play for an honest account of the dangers and rewards of Portugal’s premiere big wave break.


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