Garret McNamara’s name hit media headlines today for possibly taking on the biggest wave ever ridden. SurferToday believes that the Hawaiian native took on a 100 ft wave in Nazaré, Portugal today. There is a considerable amount of speculation amongst media, however, because of the difficulty of measuring waves, let alone one at that size. Earlier this year, Guinness World Records confirmed McNamara’s 78 foot wave at the same location as the biggest wave that anyone has ever surfed. He may have beaten his own record today.
Unbelievably talented surf photographer, Tó Mané, captured the moment perfectly as McNamara shot straight down the face of the wave. We wouldn’t be surprised if it’s factual, based on his reputation for conquering 70+ ft waves out in the lineup in the past. Just last year, McNamara documented the Guinness Book of World Records biggest wave ever ridden at 90ft tall in Nazaré. As the details unfold, exact measurements should become more precise, let’s just hope that someone captured it on film!
“The extreme waterman… managed to surf a mammoth 78-foot wave last November at Nazaré, Portugal, a feat which has now been ratified by GWR after examining evidence,” the Guinness Book wrote. “The Hawaiian 44-year-old’s epic ride, which required him to be towed into the wave from a jet ski, beats a record set by Mike Parsons at Cortes Bank in southern California, in 2008 by over a foot.”
Watch Garrett McNamara’s 90ft record-breaking wave just last year in Portugal: