Garrett McNamara has been pushing the boundaries of what is possible in big wave surfing for the better part of the last decade. And now, after chasing monster swells all over the globe, he may have broken the record for the largest wave ever surfed. GMac’s monster wave is being estimated at 90 feet, just 10 feet short of the elusive 100 foot mark. It happened in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal, where a deep water canyon funnels massive swells from the Atlantic Ocean. McNamara was towing into waves with UK surfer Andrew Cotton and Irish hellman Al Mennie when the wave barged through the canyon.
The previous unofficial record is held by Ken Bradshaw with his Outer Log Cabins wave, estimated at 60-80 feet, while the Guinness World Records lists Mike Parsons’ Cortes Bank 77 footer in 2008 as the official record holder.