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Ridiculous Video: Surfer Garrett McNamara Sets Record By Riding 78-Foot Wave

Next time you’re thinking about a nice little beach vacation, you might want to rule out Nazaré, Portugal as a possible destination.

Last November at that very location, a surfer named Garrett McNamara (who has been described as “legendary” several times) rode what was unofficially called the largest wave ever surfed. Last week that claim was substantiated, and McNamara now holds the Guinness World Record after riding the wave that was measured at 78 feet by the Totally Tubular Big Wave Surfing Division at Guinness. Continue reading

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Video: Garret McNamara Surfs ‘Largest Wave Ever Ridden’

I had a brief love affair with surfing a few summers ago. I watched Laird Hamilton and others in the outstanding documentary, Riding Giants, and I thought to myself, “I need to do this.”

I bought a board, got the gear, and headed to Venice a few days a week. It was at that time that I realized…surfing is really freaking hard. I was scared to go down the face of a three-foot wave, and there are guys out there riding 50-footers? The learning curve seemed a bit too steep for my tastes.

That’s why my surfboard has been collecting dust in the garage for the past four years, and why this clip of Garret McNamara riding a 90-foot wave (brought to my attention by my good friend Royal) is so unbelievably impressive. Watch the video and then check out the story at GrindTV. Continue reading

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