Surfer breaks world record with 90 ft monster in Portugal
The most challenging, dangerous wave ever, says Garrett McNamara (with video)
HAWAIIAN surfer Garrett McNamara has apparently broken the world record by riding a 90ft 'canyon wave' in Portugese waters, but not everybody is convinced.
"These biggest-ever feats are almost always disputed", writes watersport journalist Pete Thomas on his blog, alluding to the obvious difficulty of measuring the exact height of a moving bank of water.
Nevertheless, while McNamara's monster awaits verification it seems certain that his effort will eclipse the existing record of 77ft, set by Mike Parsons in 2008.
McNamara took the historic wave on Tuesday in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, a break which "is known for providing unusually large and powerful waves", according to The Times. Said McNamara: "It's the most challenging, dangerous wave I've ever surfed."