Surfers ride season's first big swell hours before Leslie makes landfall

Surfers made the most of the first big swell of the winter season this weekend in Portugal, just hours before Storm Leslie made landfall.

Video filmed in Nazare on Saturday (October 13) shows a handful of professional big wave surfers riding waves up to 30ft high.

Leslie reportedly left at least 300,000 homes without power.

Coastal towns bore the brunt of the storm damage. Wind speeds reached 105 mph in the town of Figueira da Foz, a town less than 100km north of Nazare and 200km north of the capital, Lisbon.