Pro-surfer Garret McNamara, 44 years old, camped out a little known sport called Praia do Norte, Portugal for weeks because he was convinced that it had all the right criteria to make an epic wave. And he was right. On 1st November, 2011 he was towed out to what has now been confirmed as the biggest wave ever surfed. He successfully rode a 78-foot (24m) wave off the coast of Nazare in an area known as the Nazaré Canyon – and you get a brilliant impression of what it was like inside the turmoil of crashing foam with the help of a GoPro.
Guinness World Record – biggest wave ever surfed
Mike Parsons was the previous record-holder for riding a 77-foot wave at Cortes Bank off the coast of Southern California in 2008.
Big-wave surfer McNamara of Haleiwa, on Oahu’s North Shore, told The Associated Press that the ride of his life was a fluke. “I was really beat-up that morning,” he said. “This day, I did not want to get out of bed.”
However, the day obviously got better! but Macnamara was quoted in the UK Guardian saying: “I’m not sure I want to ride that peak again!”
The ruling became official on Friday, 4th May by a panel of experts for the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.