100 feet! Garrett McNamara's record-breaking wave

Nazaré, Portugal may once again have provided the surf in the form of another record-breaking wave for American extreme surfer Garrett McNamara. This time the dare devil surpassed his previous record-breaking wave of a supposed 90 feet (27 meters) with a stunning 100 foot or 30 meter wave.

Fellow big wave surfer and witness to Garrett McNamara’s record-breaking wave, Alastair Mennie, describes the scene in the Guardian:

Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves. Cotty and I surfed two big waves of about 60ft and then, when Garrett was ready came a canyon wave of over 90ft. The jet ski was the best place to see him riding the biggest wave I’ve ever seen. It was amazing. Most people would be scared but Garrett was controlling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer.

Whether the 45 year old Hawaiian big wave surfer has in fact surfed a 100 foot wave is difficult to determine, as is whether it really is a record-breaking wave or just the biggest ever caught on film. This was the same situation as when McNamara surfed what was believed to be a 90-foot wave just over a year ago. Bit hard to measure a giant, monster of a wave that is anywhere near 70, 80, 90 or 100 feet high, but modern technology can apparently do just that.

According to an article by ABC News analysis of photos and video footage of November 2011’s “90 foot” wave put the estimated actual height at 77.7559, just enough to beat the previous big wave surfing record of 77 feet, but considerably less than all the hype. Nonetheless, it’s hard to imagine that anyone has previously topped McNamara’s feat this time.

European surfing photographer Tó Mané caught Garrett surfing the record-breaking wave on January 28th in Nazaré, Portugal. Check out this report in Surfer Today for an incredible shot of McNamara on what just may very well be another record-breaking wave.

record-breaking wave, Nazaré

McNamara, second from right, pic: Minnie Vuong / Xvolution Media

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