Marcio Freire: ‘Mad Dog’ surfer dies using big waves in Nazaré, Portugal

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.

Assist 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 generally known as the “Mad Dogs” after conquering the large wave “Jaws” in Hawaii. They featured within the 2016 documentary “Mad Dogs.”

Tributes from different surfers poured in on Instagram.

“He surfed all day with a big smile on his face. That’s how I’ll keep him in my memory. Legend,” posted fellow huge wave surfer Nic von Rupp.

“Today we lost a great man, a very good friend and a legendary surfer, Marcio Freire. He was such a happy spirit, always with a smile on his face…Rest in peace my friend,” wrote sports activities photographer Fred Pompermayer.

Nazaré boasts among the greatest waves on this planet. 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 report 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 report once more there in 2020, browsing an 86-feet wave.