Garrett McNamara’s 78-foot Wave Is Officially the Largest Ever Surfed

In November 2011 at Nazaré, Portugal, extreme waterman and ocean explorer Garrett McNamara managed to surf a mammoth 78-foot wave - the largest ever recorded ride in history.
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Nazaré, Portugal is home to some of the biggest, most exciting waves on the planet, making it ideal for the big-wave surfing community. With swells the size of skyscrapers, this location brings together surfers from all over the world, each trying to catch their own monster ride.

On November 10, 2011, Garrett McNamara did just that, surfing what was then considered the tallest wave ever ridden. And to everyone’s enjoyment, the 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer filmed the entire event on video.

This week, after a panel of big wave and photography experts analyzed the footage, Guinness World Records officially certified McNamara’s wave as the ‘Largest Wave Ever Surfed’ at 78 feet.

It may not stand for long, though—check out this video of him surfing a 100-footer in 2013, which still has yet to be certified by Guinness World Records.

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