Garrett McNamara was this weekend celebrating breaking a world record, as his majestic surf across a 78ft wave back in November 2011 was classified as the world’s largest by an independent group of analysts.
Surfing in Praia do Norte beach in Nazate, Portugal; Garrett surfed the wave over 6 months ago and has had to wait for Guinness World Records and a team of surfing photography experts to confirm that the colossal giant was in fact the largest ever ridden.
“I was totally in the moment,” 44 year old Garrett said. “PCP – Present, Connected and Protected.”
According to Guinness when qualifying this the largest wave ever surfed, Garrett’s record breaking ride eclipsed the previous record set in 2008 by Mike Parsons at Cortes Bank by a whole foot.
McNamara, who has surfed professionally for nearly 30 years said he had not planned on hitting the beach on the day of his record, as a session in the waters “surfing even bigger waves” the day before had left him feeling battered and bruised.
Garrett said he knew the wave was big, but wasn’t sure he had set the record until it was made official last week at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards in Anaheim, California.
“I really just surf for the love of it and I wasn’t looking to get the record. I wasn’t looking to get any awards,” he said.
“One of the main reasons I’m doing this is to hopefully inspire at least one person to do what they love, to do what they are passionate about,” McNamara said. “I am living proof you can do what you love as a career.”
Source: The Mirror