The Nazaré Canyon is an undersea canyon just off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. The Nazare Canyon causes very high breaking waves. This makes Nazare a hotspot for big wave surfing. In November 2011, Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara surfed a record breaking giant wave: 78 feet (24 m) from trough to crest, at Nazaré. In January 2013 it was reported that he successfully rode a wave measuring a maximum estimate of 100 feet (30 m) at the same location and possibly exceeding the size of his previous record-breaking wave.
Big waves, epic swells, and stunning photography are some of the main reasons why Tó Mané has made a name for himself in the world of surfing. Tó Mané is generally the man behind the camera when it comes to capturing some of most epic surf shots coming out of Portugal. Born and raised in Portugal, Tó began surfing in 1988, and fell in love with the surfing culture. The lifestyle of surfing, hanging out at the beach, and the progression of the sport drove him to begin capturing these moments. Tó began shooting when he was a child because his grandfather was very passionate about photography. He began using manual cameras that he had picked up from his grandfather, and in 1998 his dream came true when he published his first pro surf photo for a Portuguese Surf Magazine. His work has traveled all around the world but the famous giant waves of Nazaré surfed by Garret Mcnamara and Carlos Burle highlighted his work. His repertoire is packed with prizes, however The Time Magazine -The Most Surprising Photos of 2013 e Soul id Top 100 Action Sports Photographer stand out! “I love to visualize the picture that I want, and I strive to make it happen.”- Tó Mané