Big wave surfing has been described as riding down a gigantic mountain that just happens to be chasing you. Well, 45-year-old surfer Garrett McNamara has been chasing the 100-foot moving mountain for more than a decade and now says he finally caught it off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.
McNamara’s no stranger to gargantuan Portugese waves. While his confirmed record is a 78-foot wave, last year he hit up a 90-footer in the same area. Not too shabby. What’s another 10-feet? McNamara told The Daily Beast that he’s less concerned about his place in history and more excited about the attention the feat might bring to the people, culture, and waves of Nazaré.
“There is nowhere in the world even remotely like it for enjoying the power and size of waves so close,” Garrett said told the site. “It is mesmerizing to sit on the cliff and watch the waves and there is nowhere like it. But all I feel is that we will be able to share this place with a few more people.”
Here is more video footage from the ride, filmed for an upcoming documentary:
Also, check out McNamara’s record breaking ride from 2011:
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