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Garrett Mcnamara 100 Foot Wave? Nazare Portugal

January 30th, 2013

Has Garrett Mcnamara beat his own world record for the biggest wave with a 100 foot beast at Nazare in Portugal

It was a big Monday in Portugal!

An massive storm sent waves of XXL proportion to Nazaré, off the central coast of Portugal and the tow guys were ready! Garrett McNamara, who set a highly-contested ‘biggest wave ever surfed’ world record in November 2011 by catching a 90 foot wave (later determined to be a 77.76 footer), was back out again and early claims for the wave pictured above are coming in hot at around 100 foot.

If the claims are verified, it will mean that Garrett McNamara has beaten his previous record for the biggest wave ever surfed, which was also set at Nazaré.

The giant waves at Nazare are formed above an underwater canyon famous for being the world’s biggest wave generator.

“You are just going so fast,” McNamara told ABC television. “It’s really, really similar to snowboarding on giant mountains.

“And you’re just chattering, flying down this bumpy, bumpy mountain. Your brain is getting rattled. Your whole body is getting rattled.”

When Garrett McNamara set that record in 2011, he was accompanied by fellow big wave surfers Andrew Cotton and Alastair Mennie and at the time Mennie said that the conditions were ‘perfect’ for McNamara whom he described as ‘inspiring’.

“Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves,” Mennie said. “Cotty and I surfed two big waves of about 60ft and then, when Garrett was ready came a canyon wave of over 90ft. The jet ski was the best place to see him riding the biggest wave I’ve ever seen. It was amazing. Most people would be scared but Garrett was controlling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer.”

Speaking to the Observer in 2011 after his world record 90ft wave, McNamara explained:

“We’d been invited by the government of Portugal to Nazaré to investigate it for a big wave competition. There is an underwater canyon 1,000ft deep that runs from the ocean right up to the cliffs. It’s like a funnel. At its ocean end it’s three miles wide but narrows as it gets closer to the shore and when there is a big swell it acts like an amplifier.”

“The harbour where the jetskis are kept is about five minutes’ ride away. I can see it from my hotel window. You go out and it can be almost flat as you leave and ride along the coast. You start seeing the waves after about half a mile when you pass some rocks and turn a point. Then you are in the break. It’s unique. The waves break into cliffs 300ft in height. You can’t contemplate coming off because it would kill you.”

Did Garrett Mcnamara break his own world record for biggest wave ever surfed? Should he own the record in the first place?


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