Garrett McNamara returns to Nazaré to surf bigger waves

September 5, 2012 | Surfing
Praia do Norte: Nazaré is waiting for Garrett McNamara

Garrett McNamara will travel to the town of Nazaré, in Portugal, to beat his own Guinness World Record for the biggest wave ever surfed. The bar is raised at 78 feet (23.7 meters).

The ultimate big wave surfer from Haleiwa, Hawaii, is excited to return to Europe's West Coast. In November 2011, Garrett McNamara was already exploring the potential of an undersea canyon, located just off the coast of Nazaré, with maximum depth of at least 5,000 meters (16,000 ft).

From the very beginning, the big wave surfing team led by the Hawaiian charger believed that Praia do Norte could send what they were looking for. Insane rideable waves.

"The Portuguese government invited me to explore their waves and this was an opportunity to surf something that hasn't been surfed. The day before that wave was ridden, the place was shut down. The whole mountain was covered with cameras and people. Next day, the camera crew was gone, everybody was gone", explains Garrett McNamara.

Away from the media frenziness, McNamara and friends waited for the perfect set. The horizon informed that three waves were coming. One would enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest wave ever surfed, at 78 feet (23.7 meters).

"So, I held the rope till the last second to get speed. It's really hard to get to the bottom of this wave. I saw myself making it and I could feel I was going to make it. I cruised right off to the shoulder. When I rode that wave I had a lot bigger wave on my mind. That was just a little warm up", tells McNamara.

The extreme waterman is back in Portugal and wants to beat his own mark. "So stoked for Portugal this October! We can't get enough of the excitement! Looking forward to another Guinness World Record this year in Portugal".

Is there a 90-foot wave waiting for Garrett McNamara in Praia do Norte? Is it possible to dream of a 100-foot wall of water? The Hawaiian wants to do it for the world surfing community. Let's back him up.

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