Portuguese violinist and surfer Nuno Santos has been taking his violin out into the giant waves at Nazaré – or rather a series of violins, since they don’t always survive intact.

The Strad doesn’t condone putting a violin in the sea, whether it is cheap and mass-produced or not. However, Santos is risking his own life too – surfing is hard enough on waves that size without adding extra difficulties – so there is clearly no reasoning with him.