Watch: Russ Bierke gets pumped at Nazare

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

In a recent chat with Swellnet, Russ Bierke questioned the "pay to play" ratio at big Nazare, but reasoned that his promotion to the Big Wave Tour meant he had to put some time in.

So this week he flew to Portugal for the first proper swell of the season and got whipped into a North Canyon peak which he instinctively faded. All the great rides at Nazare have been a result of coming from the other side of the peak or fading it and swinging back when the peak stands up, both strategies aimed to get the surfer as deep as possible on what is a misshapen wedge: tall but short.

Similarly, both strategies also require impeccable timing, but unfortunately for Russ he fades too far and by the time he comes onto his heel-side rail the peak has shifted leaving him in a hopeless situation.

Said Russ after the wipeout: "I barely got a breath before the second wave landed on me. Feeling pretty sore today, got a good whiplash when I skipped in front of the wave, but no injuries which is good”

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surfstarved commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 8:54am

Fucking ouch!

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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uncle_leroy commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 9:05am

For sale: leash, only used once on holiday, only caught one wave

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yocal commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 9:28am

forgot to add: 10m long, VGC

Go deeper Taylor, go deeper!

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 9:32am

Kalani surfed here in Feb...recent session he toys about with real men at Bunnings Basecamp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgeZl2S29xk

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 9:56am

Today's Wave of the Day...Nazare ( without a Life vest)
Is flagship Swellnetonian Tim implying he himself is without a vest.
Fear factor goes up a notch, so too both respect & concern for the local lad.
Return home safe one & all.

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stunet commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 10:34am

@TBB,

From Tim. "I lived out a dream today and got to shoot the last of 30 minutes of the arvo session in the line up at Nazare thanks to my driver Will Skudin. It was truly one of the most exciting moments in my career. I’m still buzzing. PS the silly thing was when jumping onto the ski I forgot my life jacket."

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 10:30am

That’s disgusting

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savanova commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 11:55am

Dunno what was said after he was flicked off but coulda sounded like" okaye skip dats ur free rescue for today from now on its pre paid. Buenos Dias skippy"

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Optimist commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 12:18pm

Cutting back at Nazare looks like a hoot.

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lawncigar commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 5:47pm

yeah...but don't misjudge it...

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 12:37pm

Thanx for live porthole Stu... We loyal swellnetonians have never had it so good.

Teahupoo Vahine surfs into our hearts now Tim's the bowserboy at Nazare fuel station.
Message: "Tim! These are the best surf photos the world has ever seen!"
#1 Awards to Tim @ Swellnet. We are not worthy of such monumental surf splendour!

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shoredump commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 4:03pm

Charging!

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warddy commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 5:33pm

Systematic Desensification!
LoL This used to be world news ..

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wbat commented Friday, 9 Nov 2018 at 5:44pm

That is great full blast ski driving.

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nicko74 commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 12:26am

That does not even remotely resemble having fun?

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Billyw commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 7:33am

Horrific. Nazare is such a weird thing - such a shit wave and boring to watch but also compulsive viewing.

B Dub

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Lanky Dean commented Saturday, 10 Nov 2018 at 5:37pm

Wipeout of the year!
Old Russ should consider rodeo.......
Heavy wave / hectic bounce!
How's he feeling today ?

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redmondo commented Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 at 12:18pm

It looked like he should have backdoored the right. Hard to comprehend that amount of water on your head and the next one! Yes great ski work.

Victory!

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