“The big ugly” winner of the extreme sports category at the LA drone film festival

“The Big Ugly” is the Winner of the “News & Documentary” Award on the Los Angeles Drone Film Festival 2017 edition.

In February this dramatic drone video footage of a massive wave at Nazaré, Portugal was captured by Daniel Neves and Pedro Miranda of Maquina Voadora and has been viewed more than 20 million times, making it the most famous footage of big wave surfing atNazaré.

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Drone video of surfer riding giant wave in Nazaré, Portugal

In a few short years, Nazaré has grown from a sleepy little coastal town in Portugal that nobody had ever heard off to the undisputed big wave surf location. Every winter, storms on the Atlantic ocean bring massive swell to the Nazaré. The canyon underwater and the way the ocean floor is shaped, create a very unique wave pattern, that peaks higher than pretty much anywhere else on this planet. As surfers flock to this Portuguese town, so do the filmmakers with their drones to capture the amazing action. One of them was Cameron Calistro who flew his drone low to better show the size of these massive waves.

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