The current official world record for largest wave ever surfed is held by Mike Parsons who tackled aÂ 77 foot wave at Cortes Bank back in 2008. Hawaiian big wave surfer, Garrett McNamara is looking to take that record from Parsons with, what is said to be, a 90 foot wave he rode last week in Portugal. Videos below.
On November 1st, Garrett McNamara was out tow surfing withÂ Al Mennie and Andrew Cotton in the waters off a small fishing town in Portugal. McNamara was in Portugal as part of the ZON North Canyon Project which was created by the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute to better understand the gigantic waves that are formed by the deep water canyons off the coast ofÂ Praia do Norte, NazarÃ©, Portugal.
â€œI feel so blessed andÂ honoredÂ to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town. The waves here are such a mystery,” said McNamara.
Al Mennie who was sitting in the channel watching Garrett on this monster wave had this to say, “Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves. Cotty and I surfed two big waves of about 60 feet and then, when Garrett was ready, came a canyon wave of over 90 feet.â€
â€œThe 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.â€
Riding a wave of this size and magnitude is something that Garrett is never going to forget.
“As I rode this wave, it seemed pretty massive, but I couldn’t quite tell how big it was,” he said. “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 to ever land on me at the shoulder. It was pretty amazing.”
Keep an eye on this year’s Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards as I’m sure this monster will be entered to the contest and will be showcased at the award ceremony later this year.
Now for some videos.