Garrett McNamara says Nazaré waves were "a little overwhelming"

January 29, 2013 | Surfing
Garrett McNamara: measuring the wave with a ruler and Tó Mané

Garrett McNamara has spoken about the experience of riding the biggest waves of his life, at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal.

"I feel very blessed and I feel that we've achieved everything we wanted to do with Portugal and Nazaré, especially. We've been planning this for a while and it feels really amazing to share with everybody", says Garrett McNamara.

"Personally, it was very challenging. You just have to stay in the moment, stay focused on what you're doing. We're really comfortable here, but some of those waves..."

"We were surfing in zones we haven't surfed, so it was a little overwhelming. If we didn't have Kealii and Kamaki, we could easily ended up on the rocks. In one wave, I almost got sucked over".

"If I got sucked over to the rocks... It's preparation and safety. Without it, we could have ended up on the rocks and, if that happened, I wouldn't say we made it home".

Joel Parkinson, the 2012 ASP World Tour champion, couldn't believe what his eyes were actually seeing. The monster wave of Nazaré is a "little" bigger than the one he caught a few months ago.

"If this is real it's off the charts. Surfed it about 40 foot smaller in October and it was freaky enough. Yes G-Mac!", said Parkinson.

Watch the first footage from the wave caught by Garrett McNamara, on the 28th January, 2013.