Wednesday, May 9, 2012

World record for largest wave ever surfed is confirmed by Guinness World Records

It’s official. The largest wave ever surfed was the mammoth 78-foot wave Garrett McNamara caught in November 2011 at Nazare, Portugal.

Guinness World Records confirmed it today, May 9, 2012.

Video of that monster wave with McNamara surfing it has been around for awhile, but not until today could it be called a world record for largest wave surfed. Cue the video:

McNamara, 44, is a professional big-wave surfer who is part of the Body Glove International team that travels the world chasing storms and seeking the largest waves to surf.

He’s surfed the big breaks of Waimea in Oahu, Mavericks in Northern California and Todos Santos in Mexico.

For more about the world record, we turn to the Guinness World Records announcement:
His epic ride, which required him to be towed into the wave from a jetski, beats a record set by Mike Parsons at Cortes Bank in southern California, in 2008 by over a foot. [...]

Describing the record breaking wave ride, Garrett said: "It's the most challenging, dangerous wave I've ever surfed - it's the only place in the world in which a giant canyon reaches all the way to the beach".

Among those to congratulate Garrett on his achievement was Jorge Barroso, mayor of the town of Nazaré, who commended the daredevil surfer with a tribute at last week's 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award awards ceremony in Anaheim, California.

The mayor said: "It is an honour to bring this title to our waters.. For the strength, bravery and the constant will to improve. Nazaré is a bit like your second home and our population admires you."

The record for largest wave surfed (paddle-in) remains held by Shane Dorian, who managed  to successfully ride a wave measured at measured 57ft (17.4 m) in height without a tow at a break known as 'Jaws' off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, USA in March last year.
An incredible, big-wave surfing feat, no doubt. Congrats, Garrett McNamara. Now, what's next?

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