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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:06 AM

Surfer Breaks World Record By Riding Enormous 100-Foot Wave




The Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.

If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazaré.

When McNamara set that record in 2011, he was accompanied by fellow big-wave surfers Andrew Cotton and Alastair Mennie and at the time Mennie said that the conditions were "perfect" for McNamara whom he described as "inspiring".

"Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves," Mennie said. "Cotty and I surfed two big waves of about 60ft and then, when Garrett was ready came a canyon wave of over 90ft. 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 controlling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer."


http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan/29/surfer-garrett-mcnamara-100ft-wave


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Ichingcarpenter Jan 2013 OP
Scuba Jan 2013 #1
xchrom Jan 2013 #2
hlthe2b Jan 2013 #3
panader0 Jan 2013 #4
Ichingcarpenter Jan 2013 #5
panader0 Jan 2013 #7
Ichingcarpenter Jan 2013 #8
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #6
Incitatus Jan 2013 #9
Berlum Jan 2013 #10


Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:12 AM

2. YIKES~ better him than me -- hope he gets the record. nt

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:13 AM

3. Like riding a tsunami. No thanks, but good on him for surviving.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:27 AM

4. I used to surf the North Shore back in my high school days.

I have to hand it to this guy. Anything over ten or twelve feet can be hairy.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:39 AM

5. I surfed too in Hawaii

and I agree ten to twelve
was my max and scared the shit out of me



Looking at that wave crashing near the coast made me think of the enormous sound and earth shattering rumble it would have created after witnessing thirty plus foot waves
in Hawaii.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:45 AM

7. The waves on the North shore are different from those on the South Shore

They were thicker and heavier. I was in a club called Southern Unit and we stayed on the south mostly. I had a teacher (Fred Van Dyke, a big wave surfer way back) who lived on the beach at Pupukea and I surfed there often. A little bit at Sunset and a couple of times at the Pipeline (when it was relatively small)

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Response to panader0 (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:56 AM

8. I lived and worked on Maui

and surfed from Hana to Wailuku... Jaws was just starting when I left.

never made it to Oahu except to catch a flight.


Ah... our younger days

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 10:41 AM

6. OMFG!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 11:00 AM

9. I've been skydiving and that was fun, but HELL NO. nt

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 11:20 AM

10. Cowabunga

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