But for Garrett McNamara the big wave surfer it is a whole other ball game, well it's still surfing, but you get my drift. For McNamara it is life and death as he decides to ride one of the biggest waves in the world at Nazere. Making the decision to go in could win the surfer thousands of dollars, it could kill them, it could be the greatest moment of their lives or the end of it. And on top of that, the water is bloody cold!
A dawn call at Zon North Canyon where McNamara was scheduled to go in. We got there and waited, we stood watching the waves, watching the people far out in the distance on the jet skis watching the waves.
There were hundreds of us lining the cliff front at Nazere, watching, waiting and waiting until someone went for it - Andrew Cotton took a risk and surfed this enormous wave. Amazing, mad, brilliant.
I went to get a coffee.
Yeh, I know, life and death, a bad decision could kill you, I'll never understand the complexities of this, but come on, get on with it!
Then they did get on with it, we had a flurry of activity as they tried to surf these monsters. No one quite managed it again, but the show was spectacular, from the surfers and from mother nature who sent us this storm and the massive swell - stunning and well worth the wait.