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If you haven't seen the footage of a guy riding a giant wave off the coast of Portugal, you must check it out. Because it's amazing.

It seems these waves are created by the undersea geography, a deep canyon pointing like an arrow toward the town of Nazare, according to the story by NPR. Either way, it's an amazing video to watch as surfer Garrett McNamara rides a wave that is totally accurately described as a "monster." It totally is.

If you're interested in surfers, enormous waves and the causes of climate change that are thought to play a hand in creating them, you should also check out the book "The Wave" by Susan Casey. Surfers, scientists, and good writing - this book has got it all.