Surfer Sets World Record By Surfing 78-Foot Wave (Video)
Well, it’s official. There is now a new world record for the tallest wave ever surfed, and it belongs to Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, Hawaii.
The 44-year-old pro surfer made his record-setting run back in November just off the coast of Praia do Norte, which is on a small island in the middle of the Atlantic belonging to Portulgal. It always takes a while for Guinness to confirm new records, but after reviewing the video, they’ve finally concluded that McNamara’s wave measured 78 feet, thus beating the old record by a foot.
The funny thing is, it almost didn’t happen. The day before, McNamara got his ass handed to him by some even bigger waves on the same spot, which is right above a deep undersea canyon that produces some of the biggest swells on the planet.
“I was really beat-up that morning,” he recalls. “This day, I did not want to get out of bed.”
Thankfully, his friends made him get out of bed and get back to work. Then, later that day, he caught the big one.
In the video below, you can see McNamara being towed by a jet ski up to the top of the wave. Then he lets go of the rope and lets it rip. He shoots down the wave for about 10 seconds before being swallowed up, then he emerges from the tube unscathed a few seconds later.
In other words, it’s [email protected]$%&#g insane.
In addition to setting the new Guiness Record for this amazing run, McNamara also took home $15,000 in prize money at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards last week in California. If you want to check it out, it will be airing on Sunday, May 20 at 3PM on the Fuel Network. So check your local listings.