Rumble – This video shows 50-year-old Portuguese airline pilot and big wave surfer, Salvador Vilas Boas charging one of the biggest waves of the day during a monster swell in February 2019. Salvador gets thrown off his board in one of the most dangerous areas of Praia do Norte, near the rocks and impact zone.
Salvador hits the water at nearly fifty miles-per-hour, being pulled back over the falls and whipped straight into a dramatic hold down before finally resurfacing.
The moments that followed the wipeout were a matter of death and life.
Salvador’s was not the last wave of the place and his position in the impact zone demanded a sudden rescue.
This is when Ramon Laureano came flying in on his ski.
Usually, a rescue attempt can wait after a second wave but Ramon Laureano knew the imputations of waiting while Salvador swam so close to the rocks could be grave.
After grabbing Salvador and swooping in, it was a race to avoiding being swallowed by a giant wall of water.
The duo eventually does lose their race and the ski is left capsized, floating in the impact zone. Both Ramon and Salvador were able to swim back safely to the beach where the Jetski had already parked itself.
Pedro Miranda, who captured this dramatic video added:
“This rescue was really one of the most heroic moments I witnessed out there. With more than twenty years of big wave experience, Ramon performed one of the most difficult rescues one can attempt in Nazaré.
“To pick up someone directly on the first peak’s impact zone between waves is something you do not see every day here. Ramon was a real hero, no doubt!”
Ramon Laureano is a Portuguese-Brazilian Professional Jetski Rescuer, he runs “Jet Resgate Portugal” which provides rescue and tow-in services for big wave surfers, along with educational courses in safety and rescue.
Salvador is a commercial airline pilot and a veteran surfer, currently very active in Nazaré’s big wave scene.
Ramon Laureano Pedro later writes on social media:
“There are no words to thank for the number of messages I have received from all over the world, by recognizing this rescue to my friend Salvador Villas Good, as a heroic act. I do not consider it as such…(although it was a dangerous situation). I was just doing what I love to do, rescue and look at the safety of everyone in the big waves, to put the surfers (especially those of team jet rescue Portugal) in the waves, provide them amazing moments, of immense adrenaline and in the be there to rescue them! “