Hawaiian extreme surfer Garrett McNamara, who shattered an apparent world record this week by catching an estimated 100-foot wall of water off Portuguese fishing village of Nazaré,  told Time.comthat in Nazaré, “the ocean is known as a place of death, not of riding waves.”

But that hasn’t stopped the Portugal’s tourism office from riding a wave of publicity: “We have 450 miles of clean Atlantic coastline, (and) some surfing beaches that are out of this world,” notes a release sent out after Monday’s jaw-dropping spectacle.