Garrett McNamara credited with biggest wave ever at Portugal: 78′


Garrett McNamara. from Haleiwa, has surfed what is considered to be the biggest wave ever. The Hawaiian big wave rider caught the huge monster in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal, during the ZON North Canyon Project 2011.

(I changed the video so it now includes a nose cam video of Garrett.)

The wave caught by McNamara is estimated to be about 90 feet (30 meters). Garrett was tow-in surfing with Andrew Cotton and Al Mennie when he suddenly caught this giant wave.

“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. 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 controling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer”, says Al Mennie.

This was not the first time that Garrett McNamara rode giant waves at Praia do Norte, which is under the influence of a phenomenon known as “Nazaré Canyon” that creates unusual giant waves.

The conditions of swell and wind direction observed on McNamara’s big day were quite special. The local maritime authorities registered a wave of about 8 metres off Nazaré coast, in one of the buoys. With a WNW swell direction and a favorable wind, the canyon does the rest

“I feel so blessed and honoured to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town. The waves here are such a mystery”, says Garrett.

Learn more about the biggest waves ever surfed, here.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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