Surfer Broke World Record Riding 90ft Wave in Portugal [Video]

The 44-year-old extreme surfer, Garrett McNamara, caught the huge wave during the ZON North Canyon Project in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal.

According to the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, “the proximity of the ‘Nazare Canyon’ to Praia do Norte creates a situation that greatly increases the swells intensity.”

“As I rode this wave, it seemed pretty massive, but I couldn’t tell quite how big it was,” McNamara shared his impressions.

“When I got to the bottom and turned and got around the wave and went to kick out, it landed on me and it felt like a ton of bricks. Probably one of the most powerful waves ever to land on me at the shoulder. It was pretty amazing.”

It was found out that McNamara had been obsessed with the idea to catch the ‘biggest, best waves on the planet’ for the past ten years.

McNamara had been obsessed with the idea to catch the ‘biggest, best waves on the planet’ for the past ten years. Photo: iwikoz6/ Flickr

The surfer reportedly said, “I feel so blessed and honored to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town. The waves here are such a mystery.”

His colleague Al Mennie, who had observed the event, said: “Everything seemed to be perfect, the weather, the waves. I had the best seat in the house as he dropped down the face of the biggest wave I’ve ever seen.”

“It was incredible. Most people would look scared but Garrett looked in control as he went down the most critical part of the wave,” he added.

44-years-old Garrett McNamara has been spending quite a lot of time, searching huge waves. Nazaré is his favorite place because the sea here waves heavily enough. The reason for it is a special sea bottom’s relief and strong Atlantic wind.

According to the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, “the proximity of the ‘Nazaré Canyon’ to Praia do Norte creates a situation that greatly increases the swells intensity. The conditions of the swell and wind direction observed on this day exemplify this phenomenon.”

“By 9:00 AM, the monitor on the buoys registered a swell with around 8 m near Nazaré. With a WNW swell direction with favorable wind, it is reasonable to conclude that this wave had a significant swelling effect, which is characteristic of this place.”

According to reports, the biggest wave ever noticed by scientists was about 520 metres in height and occurred in Lituya Bay, a fjord located on the coast of Alaska.

The monster wave killed two fishermen as it slammed down into the bay on July 9, 1958. The Guinness World Book of Records had officially registered the previous world record was set in 2008 by Mike Parsons, who surfed a 77-foot wave off in Cortez Bank, Californian coast.

The previous unofficial record for the biggest wave ever surfed was held by Ken Bradshaw who rode an 85-footer in Hawaii’s Waimea Bay in 1998. In 2007, Daredevil McNamara became one of the first people who had ever ridden a wave caused by a glacier.

The surfer’s friend, Jeff Ho, said in an interview, “Garrett is one of the most colorful people that I’ve ever known. He’s always been really dedicated to the sport of big wave riding. He trains for it. He lives it. He’s always doing something to facilitate his goal, which is to ride the biggest wave. He is a big wave champion.” [Via Surfing Magazine and The Daily Mail]

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