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Pedro Scooby rides massive wave in Nazaré and the post-wave interview was even better

Almost anyone who has lived and breathed the last few years knows that Nazaré is THE place for big wave surfing. We’re talking about 80, 90, 100 foot waves that are pumped off the coast of Portugal.

So last week the World Surf League hosted the TUDOR Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge with some of the best big wave surfers on the planet looking to bomb these mountainous waves. And one way or another, Brazilian surfer Pedro Scooby found himself in a situation that looked like this, and still managed to get out of the barrel and finish his run.

If someone showed you this screenshot without any context and told you that there was a surfer somewhere in that photo, you would probably assume he was dead by then. This wave is a not-so-subtle reminder of just how vicious Mother Nature can be. That there are forces on this world that are not meant to be conquered by mere mortals. But Pedro Scooby comes out the other side and finishes this ride as neatly as possible.

And as good as that wave was, the interview that followed was even better.

There was everything. Perfectly placed F bombs. The theaters. A nice peek behind the curtain at what’s going on inside these maniacs’ brains while they’re out there. And above all, a good overview of the relationship between a big wave surfer and his driver. Because every time these guys go surfing a wave like Nazaré, it’s life or death. Any wave could potentially be the last. But the reason guys are able to escape death more often than not is because of their drivers who are there to save them as soon as the shit hits the fan. And sometimes even jet ski riders need drivers themselves to help them get out of risky situations.

But it all comes down to the relationship between the surfer and the driver. The two guys have to trust each other. But guys have to be prepared to put their lives on the line for each other. So the wave was great, the interview was hilarious, and the relationship between Pedro Scooby and his pilot Nic Von Rupp is perfect. I would give all of this a 10.0.