Cowabunga! Surfer claims world record for riding biggest wave ever: 78 feet (vid)
It recently was confirmed that American surfer Garrett McNamara of Hawaii broke the previous record of 77 feet when he rode a monster 78-footer back on November 1, 2011 (11/1/11? Gnarly, brah) at the Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal. The delay in the confirmation of his Guinness World Record-breaking surfing escapade were due to the need of big wave surfing and photography experts to analyze the footage. The announcement was made official last Friday at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.
Said McNamara (via CBS Los Angeles, by way of Off the Bench):
“It’s amazing we get to do what we do, I am so grateful. The world record doesn’t mean as much to me, this is for the town of Nazaré and Portugal and for all my family and friends there.
“To be able to give them something to be proud of and inspire them… I didn’t want to get caught up in it all, but I have to tell you the truth, when they announced my name I got a bigger rush than probably on all the waves I rode this year.”
Man, I know how that goes. When I hear my name called at the local taco shop to inform me that my enchilada platter is ready, I’m pretty stoked and get a pretty big rush, too. It’s pretty much the same thing.
And I know what you’re thinking: “Now comes the lazy Point Break reference.” Au contraire. I’ll save the dated pop culture references and allow the story and video to stand on their own. I suppose all that’s left to add is “Vaya con Dios.”