|Publication Date: June, 2014|
The topic of this work is the coastal zone of Nazaré, located in the central western mainland of Portugal, and the adjacent offshore, particularly the submarine canyon. This paper summarizes and organizes the available information to be used by a wide public.
The physical characterization is mainly focused not only on the geomorphology and coastal dynamics, but also on previously published works and new data. The information here provided aims to help tourists that are not familiar with the region, specifically those involved in surfing practices, to understand the peculiar setting and the expected waves. An explanation for the genesis of the Nazaré's giant waves is also provided.
This work was conceived as a gift to the surfer Garrett McNamara but is now available to the public, in general.