For big wave surfers like Steudtner, Nazaré is the Mecca of waves. The small fishing village is always a home-coming for the 32-year-old. Here, 120 km away from Lisbon, the German celebrated his greatest success so far, which truly put him among the world’s best: In 2014, Steudtner challenged a 21 m high wave in Nazaré – and won. This was the second time the European won the “XXL Biggest Wave Award”. He repeated this hell ride a year later – and triumphed for the third time. However, the rocky coast at Nazaré also represents something else for the man from Nuremberg: a vision. Sebastian Steudtner is pursuing the world record that the scene’s expert and guru, Garrett McNamara, set in 2012 – also in Nazaré. The wave that the US American rode was 24 meters high - the highest a surfer had ever tackled. McNamara, now 50 and still active, spent years travelling the globe on his search for the ultimate wave. Before he finally settled down near Nazaré. All roads lead to Portugal. For big wave surfers, at least.