A 36-year-old musician is doing the unthinkable by riding ‘mile-high’ waves while playing melodious tunes from his violin.
Incredible footage from Nazaré, Portugal, has musician and professor, Nuno Santos, playing violin while surfing record breaking waves.
Striving to bring out the best in himself, Nuno has spent the past 10 years climbing mountains and taking on some of the biggest waves in the world – all while playing violin.
It’s a personal project he’s calls ‘A Violin in the Most Unlikely Places’.
“I’ve been playing the violin in unlikely places for over 10 years – on the biggest mountains of South America and in the biggest waves in Europe.
“Doing this requires the best of me, hence it’s something that I believe makes me a better person.”
Nuno’s love for extreme sports and music started when he was just 5 years old.
“I’ve been into sports and music since I was 5, and both activities have been a part of my life since.”
But surfing the waves at Nazaré, where multiple records for the largest wave ever ridden have been set and broken, requires immense concentration and preparation.
“There’s obviously a lot of preparation in it, and I do take things very seriously because my life is at risk”
This beach break has been consistently considered to have the biggest waves in the world.
Believe it or not, when I’m focusing on playing I easily forget how scary the wave might be!”
Hidden behind what some people would assume to be reckless and silly behavior is a deeper message.
“I take this project very seriously and don’t take risks unnecessarily.
A Violin In The Most Unlikely Places has become for me a strong personal project that keeps me grounded and focused.
It teaches me about the very fine balance between confidence and humbleness as well as dealing with effort and patience.”