Video Of The Week - Garrett McNamara's Record Breaking Wave Ride

By Meera Dolasia on May 14, 2012

The morning began as one of those rare days when Hawaiian-born Garrett McNamara did not really want to go surf. It ended, being the day when the 44-year old rode a wave that would get immortalize him forever in the Guinness World Records!

The amazing chain of events took place in November of 2011, when the professional surfer was riding waves in Nazaré,Portugal in an area above an underwater canyon that is famous for generating monster surf.

Tired from being beaten down by the waves the previous day, the 5-ft10-inch tall surfer was thinking about taking a break, but was persuaded by his friends to catch just a few waves. And catch he did - A wave that was at that time believed to be 90-feet tall.

While closer examination by experts pared it down to 78-feet tall, it is still a whole foot higher than the previous record set in 2008, giving the surfer, a well-deserved spot in the record books.

Resources: Indiancountrymedianetwork.com,bbc.co.uk

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  • minnie200
    minnie2005/14/2012
    Have you ever rode on a wave?
    • minnie200
      minnie2005/14/2012
      Did you know that breaking records are rare?
      • pugface5/14/2012
        cool
        • cahill74
          cahill745/14/2012
          so cool!
          • sammy 5/14/2012
            cool
            • reporter4u5/14/2012
              I thought that was cool!!
              • HANA!!!!!!5/14/2012
                THAT IS SO EPIC, AWESOME AND SO COOL!!!!!
                • mockingjay5/14/2012
                  AWESOME!!!!!
                  • dude5/14/2012
                    amazing! but in the video it doesn't seem that big
                    • cheez315
                      cheez3155/14/2012
                      cool!

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