The biggest waves in the world
Fans of such waves should go to Portugal, Nazaré, where there are the biggest waves in the world.
Huge waves have been the cause of the loss of ships and people, and recently they have attracted and surfers that are specifically waiting for a huge wave to tame it.
Nazare - a small resort town in Portugal, the main "highlight" which attracts tourists from around the world - giant waves that occur here at certain times of the year.
Very large waves can be in different places of the world ocean, you say, and, of course, be right. But it is near Nazare arise huge waves, the like of which is nowhere. Like Neptune, god of the seas and oceans, sometimes fun, swirling water and sending them to the shore.
But what's really going on? Why near Nazare wave born giants, reaching thirty meters in height, which does not exist elsewhere in the world's oceans?
The reason for this incredibly scary and at the same time compelling natural phenomenon lies in the ocean floor. The fact that not far from this shore to the bottom of the Atlantic has a 200-kilometer underwater canyon - Canyon of Nazaré, directed not along the coast, and perpendicular to it. The deepest place Nazaré Canyon up to 5 km, and close to the shore the depth decreases sharply and goes to the hill, which becomes a kind of "springboard" for the waves. Moreover, in these places it passes very strong undercurrent, which further enhances the power of waves.
When the wind picks up, blowing toward the coast, and the storm begins, small wave reaching the ravine, combine to create a much more powerful wave. This underwater water flow starts to invisible people movement in the depths of the Canyon of Nazaré. The speed of its very high, and reaching the coastal "springboard", he, like a yo-the-box, there sharply above the water surface and forms a huge wave.
In the autumn-winter period, and when there are killer waves on the rocky shores of Nazaré is going to a lot of tourists who want to see them firsthand. But sometimes, and another view is unfolding before the eyes of the people ...
In recent years, in Nazaré started coming surfers, passionately wishing to "ride" the world's largest wave and record the record in the Guinness Book of Records. These lovers of thrills, of course, very much at risk, but the desire to set the record outweighs any fears. To date, the record belongs to the Brazilian surfer Carlos Berl, who conquered the wave a little more than 30 meters high