Surfing legend Garrett McNamara seized his moment again on the breezy shores of Nazare, Portugal, when he rode on what could be the world’s biggest wave ever surfed.
Measuring at about 100 feet, the 45-year-old soul surfer may have broken his old world record which happened at the same location. European surf photographer To Mane captured the breathtaking moment of Garrett as he rode the waves on January 28, according to Surfer Today.
McNamara traveled from his home of Hawaii to Nazare, Portugal when he heard of a strong swell coming from the coast. Garrett came along with his jet ski team to ride along what may be the biggest wave in history.
With perfect weather conditions and a heavenly view, McNamara was able to surf through the deep and steepest wave and lived to tell the tale. “It’s amazing we get to do what we do, I’m so grateful,” McNamara said. “The world record doesn’t mean as much to me — this is for the town of Nazaré and Portugal and for all my family and friends there. To be able to give them something to be proud of and inspire them, a world record for this town doing it tough in the middle of nowhere is great.”
McNamara also posted on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for all your support. It means the world to me. Today was an awesome day and so fun to be out there.”
Before the 100-foot wave, McNamara set the Guinness World Record back in 2011 for riding a 78-foot wave, but it took almost a year to verify and officially announce it.