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This article was published on November 9, 2011

    Surfer breaks the world record riding a 90-foot wave [Video]

    Surfer breaks the world record riding a 90-foot wave [Video]
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    Hawaiian big wave rider Garrett McNamara recently broke the world record for the largest wave ever surfed. McNamara caught a 90-ft wave off the coast of Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal during the ZON North Canyon Project 2011.

    According to Surfing Today, McNamara was tow-in surfing with Andrew Cotton and Al Mennie when he suddenly caught this giant wave. “Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves. Cotty and I surfed two big waves of about 60 feet and then, when Garrett was ready came a canyon wave of over 90 feet. 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 controling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer”, Al Mennie told the online surfing zine.

    “I feel so blessed and honoured to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town. The waves here are such a mystery”, said Garrett McNamara.

    Watch him surfing here:

    Want more? Watch this video as well for ESPN commentary and a close up of McNamara.