Nazaré Challenge, the third stage of the well-known Big Wave Tour surfing circuit and one with the most dangerous waves in the world, happened this weekend at Praia do Norte in Portugal and counted with the participation of António Silva, a Portuguese surfer who is also a Marine Conservation Ambassador for the Mirpuri Foundation.

As a man of the sea, and one who holds the Portuguese record for successfully surfing the biggest wave in Nazaré, António Silva is following the Mirpuri Foundation’s values and sustainability focus, giving an example to younger people, as he is constantly raising awareness around the use of plastic and actively taking part in costal cleanups.

 Only the best can take part in the Nazaré Challenge, which became a new addition to the World Surf League’s Big Wave Tour in December 2016. This circuit only runs when surf reaches the 30-foot-plus mark and athletes are given a 72 hour notice. Nazaré is known for its seriously big waves and deep-water canyon. It provides, at the same time, the ultimate test to surfers due to its dangerous wipeouts.