Monster wave a world record?

Last updated 08:47 30/01/2013
Tobias Ilsanker

The moment a thrill-seeking surfer catches the "world's biggest wave" off the coast of Portugal.

Garrett McNamara
THE MAN HIMSELF: Garrett McNamara.

Related Links

Surfer catches world's biggest wave

Relevant offers

Other Sports

World's best in Wanaka for two-day race United States upset Black Sticks to level series Waiting game over for Cinderella Royals Justin Bieber spares with Floyd Mayweather Talented teen cracks NZ track squad for Mexico Seriously injured wakeboarder returns to NZ Funds expected to make $2.8b bid for Reebok Manning breaks touchdown passes record Ice Blacks get thorough workout in Queenstown Pistorius unable to compete during sentence

For sheer jaw-dropping exhilaration, little beats the sight of a human riding a massive wall of water.

Now the surfing world is rife with news that a new world record has been set for the biggest wave ridden.

Pictures and video taken at Nazare in Portugal show Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara descending the face of a wave believed to have measured at about 100ft (30.5 metres).

Had he wiped out on the massive wave, he risked being forced many metres below the water, or being slammed into a reef or the ocean floor.

If the wave size is confirmed by Guinness World Records it will beat the previous record by more than 20ft (6.1m).

McNamara also set that mark at Nazare in 2011 on a wave originally reported to have been 90ft (27.4m) but later revised by Guinness to 78ft (23.8m).

McNamara, 45, was born in Massachusetts, but his family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was 11.

The huge waves at Nazare are generated by a 300m deep underwater canyon, roughly five kilometres wide where it starts at sea, then narrowing rapidly as it approaches the shore, funnelling more and more water into the waves.

McNamara's other achievements include being the first person to ride a glacier wave on a surfboard, after he and a colleague spent three weeks in 2007 camped by the 130m Child's Glacier in Alaska, waiting for it to calve.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who would you most like to come to your aid after a road accident?

Mike Tyson - boxing

Lewis Hamilton - motorsport

Maria Sharapova - tennis

Valerie Adams - shot put

The Undertaker - WWE

Lindsey Vonn - skiing

Ana Ivanovic - tennis

Steven Adams - basketball

Rory McIlroy - golf

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content