Watch professional surfer Garrett McNamara take on a 90-foot, world record breaking wave and make it look like no big deal.
McNamara broke the world record for largest wave ever conquered by a surfer at the ZON North Canyon Show at Nazaré Canyon in Portugal. According to Drift Surfing, this location has unusually intense waves:
The “Nazaré Canyon” is a rare geographical phenomenon, the biggest in Europe and one of the largest in the world, which can be explained as a gap on the continental plate with 170 kilometers of length and 5 kilometers of depth. The “Nazaré Canyon”, that is located right in front of Praia do Norte, receives the swells from the Atlantic Ocean and creates waves with abnormal size, compared to the rest of the Portuguese coast.
Drift Surfing reports that McNamara was surfing with Andrew Cotton, from the UK, and Al Mennie, from Ireland, when this giant wave came in. Here is Mennie’s account:
“Everything seemed to be perfect, the weather, the waves. Both Cotty and I rode two big ones in the 60ft + range and then when Garrett got on the rope a wave, maybe 30 feet bigger came out of the canyon, it was meant to be. I had the best seat in the house as I was doing water safety on the ski as he dropped down the face of the biggest wave I’ve ever seen. It was incredible. Most people would look scared but Garrett looked in control as he went down the most critical part of the wave. It was an inspirational ride by an inspirational surfer.”
McNamara is reported as saying he felt “blessed” to ride the mysterious waves in this canyon.
[H/T Business Insider]