Garrett McNamara: honored by the Portuguese Navy

Garrett McNamara has been honored by the Portuguese Navy. The surfer who rode the biggest wave in the world ever promises to chase larger salted water challenges.


In 2011, the Hawaiian waterman put Nazaré in the world's most relevant newspapers, TV stations and surf magazines. The serene Portuguese town showed all its wave potential and the Guinness World of Records confirmed it.

One year later, Garrett McNamara surfed another giant wall. The photo captured by Tó Mané kept the spirit of Nazaré alive. It was not a dream, it was reality.

In 2013, the Portuguese Navy decided to deliver a special medal to the big wave challenger. The Vasco da Gama Navy Medal is awarded to the example of discipline, perseverance, sacrifice and high professionalism shown by Garrett McNamara.

"What it's done brought me to realize that it doesn't matter where you come from, what you have, what resources you have. Anything is possible", McNamara told reporters in the decoration ceremony.

The Portuguese Navy was founded in the 12th century and it is the oldest continuously serving navy in the world.