Surfer rides record-breaking 100ft wave in Portugal - video
Garratt McNamara is thought to have beaten previous record by surfing huge Atlantic swell
AMERICAN surfer Garrett McNamara is reported to have broken his own world record for surfing the biggest wave ever, by taking on a 100ft breaker off the coast of Portugal yesterday.
The 45-year-old negotiated the mammoth wave at Nazare on the Atlantic coast, around 100km north of Lisbon.
The epic ride happened at the same spot where McNamara booked his place in the Guinness Book of Records in November 2011. Back then he rode a wave that was initially thought to be 90ft high, but was later adjudged to have been a mere 78ft high, which was still enough to get him into the record books.
Observers say that the wave he rode this week was far bigger than the previous giant.
Garrett, who is based in Hawaii, travelled to Portugal with fellow surfers Kealii Mamala, Kamaki Worthington and Hugo Vau, Surfertoday.com reported. They took on the monster swell using jetskis to pull them into position,
"The conditions in Nazare were heavenly perfect," said the website. "Light southern winds and strong swell coming from northwest and hitting the local canyon as it should."
Footage of McNamara and his fellow surfers at tackling the breakers at Nazare was posted online and a "breathtaking" still photo of Garrett on the face of the giant wave was also used on some blogs.