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Brazilian surfer flattened by monster wave at Nazare

Brazilian surfer Felipe "Gordo" Cesarano suffered a massive wipeout earlier this week when he was flattened by a giant wave at Nazare in Portugal. Footage, captured during the "Gigantes de Nazare" event on January 14th, shows the 32-year-old flying down the face of a 60-foot wave for a few seconds and trying to turn towards the safety of the channel. However, Cesarano is caught by the churning mountain of white water behind him and dragged under. Fortunately, he is able to resurface before being pummeled by the next huge wave and his teammate and fellow big wave charger, Pedro Scooby Viana, picks him on the back of a jetski and whisks him away to safety. Both were unharmed in the incident. “This wave by Felipe Cesarano was one of the biggest waves of the day exceeding 60 feet on the face, and it’s for sure one of the nastiests wipeouts of the entire season and a serious contender for the WSL's Wipeout of the Year Award," said filmer Pedro Miranda. "Thank god the rescue went well and he didn’t get held much longer under water because the impact zone was especially heavy during that session," Miranda added.
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