Professional surfer Garrett McNamara has broken the record for Largest Wave Surfed after successfully riding an enormous 90 foot wave.
McNamara, a Hawaiian big wave rider, surfed the largest wave ever on Tuesday in Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal during the ZON North Canyon Show 2011 with surfers Andrew Cotton and Al Mennie.
Everything was perfect - the weather, the waves. Mennie told Surfer Today after their day of riding at Praia do Norte, which Surfer Today describes as a phenomenon known as 'Nazaré Canyon' that creates unusual giant waves.
The trio were on a tow-surfing session Tuesday at a small fishing town off the coast of Nazare when three gigantic waves appeared.
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, Mennie said.
According to Mennie, after the huge ride, the threesome sat out in the ocean mezmorized.
After the ride it was as if the sea calmed down. We sat out there and just absorbed both what had just happened and the surroundings, he said.
McNamara shattered Mike Parsons' previous record of 77 feet in 2008 at Cortes Bank off the coast of Southern California.
I feel so blessed and honoured to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town, McNamara told Surfer Today. The waves here are such a mystery.
McNamara was featured on ESPN's SportCenter on Wednesday and will be entered in the spring Billabong XXL Global Big-Wave Awards for riding the 90-foot wave
According to his Web site, Garrett McNamara has been on a quest for the past decade to catch the biggest, best waves on the planet.