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World’s biggest wave’ off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

  • Surfing legend Garrett McNamara rode the enormous wall of water to shore as bystanders looked on in amazement in Nazare, Portugal
  • He is believed to have beaten his own record for the biggest wave ever surfed by catching the 100ft break

This thrill-seeking surfer was but a speck on this enormous wall of water as he appeared to set a new world record for the biggest wave ever ridden.

Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave – believed to have measured around 100ft – off the coast of Nazare, in Portugal, yesterday.

If the claims are verified the U.S. born athlete will have beaten his own record, which was also set at Nazare, when he successfully rode a 78ft high break at the end of 2011.

world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

Monster wave: Garrett McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave ever surfed when he rode this 100ft crest in Nazare, Portugal
 world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

Mr McNamara, 45, was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but his family moved to Hawaii’s North Shore when he was 11 where he followed in his older brother Liam’s footsteps and began to surf. He started competing professionally at the age of 17 and spent ten years on the circuit with his brother.

His previous record breaking ride in 2011, described as ‘inspiring’ by fellow pro-surfers, beat the previous record by one foot.

The surfer’s latest breathtaking feat came yesterday, as huge waves crashed off the coast of Nazare throughout the day.

The exposed beach break in the north of the country attracts surfers all year round.

McNamara risked being forced dozens of feet beneath the water, or slamming into a reef or the ocean floor, if he had wiped out on the massive wave.

 world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

 world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

 world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

 world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

His 2011 record was confirmed by a panel of experts at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

He had skillfully rode a 78ft wave – beating the record held by Mike Parson since 2008.

The surfer said at the time that hearing his name announced at the awards ceremony gave him ‘a bigger rush’ than actually riding the wave.

‘It’s amazing we get to do what we do, I am so grateful,’ he said at the ceremony in California.

‘I didn’t want to get caught up in it all, but I have to tell you the truth, when they announced my name I got a bigger rush than probably on all the waves I rode this year.’

Mr McNamara’s record-breaking began as early as 2007, when he became the first man to ride a glacier wave on a surf board.

Teamed up with a colleague on a jetski, he spent three weeks camped out by the 400ft Child’s Glacier in Alaska waiting for the perfect wave.

The couple were filmed riding the giant grey wave caused the glacier calving, which is when a mountain-sized block of ice breaks off the glacier.

REVIOUS RECORD RIDERS

1. Garrett McNamara, 78 ft wave
Nazaré, Portugal in November 2011

2. Mark Parsons, 77ft wave
Cortes Bank, California in January 2008

3. Pete Cabrinha, 70ft wave
Jaws Beach, Maui in January 2004

4. Brag Gerlach, 68 ft wave
Todos Santos, Mexico in December 2005

U.S surfer sets Guinness World Record for largest wave ever after barreling down a ‘supersize’ 78 ft tall wall of water

  • Garrett McNamara beat the previous record by just one foot
  • Has taken expert independent panel six months to verify the record

Thrill-seeker Garrett McNamara has taken the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed after riding a 78-foot tall break off the coast of Portugal in November.

Confirmed by a panel of experts at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, McNamara, 44, beat the previous mark held since 2008 by surfing legend Mike Parson by just one foot.

Barreling down the enormous wave at Nazaré, McNamara risked being drowned or crushed by the enormous wall of water he was riding to take the coveted crown.

world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

Garrett McNamara, of Hawaii, surfs a 78-foot wave, the tallest break ever ridden at the Praia do Norte beach in Nazaré, Portugal
world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

Garrett McNamara is towed onto the giant wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal as prepares to surf the 78-foot tall wall of water
world's biggest wave' off the coast of Portugal- Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the towering wave

 

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