Veteran Brazilian surfer Marcio Freire died on Thursday whereas practising tow-in browsing on the large waves in Nazaré on the central coast of Portugal, the native maritime authority stated.
Help employees on jet-skis managed to get the 47-year-old to the seaside, however all makes an attempt to revive him failed.
Freire was one of many three Brazilian surfers who grew to become often called the “Mad Canines” after conquering the large wave “Jaws” in Hawaii. They featured within the 2016 documentary “Mad Canines.”
Tributes from different surfers poured in on Instagram.
“He surfed all day with an enormous smile on his face. That’s how I’ll hold him in my reminiscence. Legend,” posted fellow large wave surfer Nic von Rupp.
“Right now we misplaced a terrific man, an excellent good friend and a legendary surfer, Marcio Freire. He was such a contented spirit, at all times with a smile on his face…Relaxation in peace my good friend,” wrote sports activities photographer Fred Pompermayer.
Nazaré boasts a few of the greatest waves on the earth. They’re magnified by an underwater canyon 5 kilometers (3 miles) deep which ends the place the North Atlantic meets the shoreline close to the previous fishing village.
Hawaiian Garrett McNamara put Nazaré on the map in 2011 when he set a world document for the most important wave ever surfed at 78 ft (23.77 meters).
Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa bettered McNamara’s mark in 2017, additionally at Nazaré, and German Sebastian Steudtner broke the document once more there in 2020, browsing an 86-feet wave.