Garrett McNamara breaks big wave surfing record

Garrett McNamara Rides a Monster

Riding a skyscraper of wave, Garrett “G-Mac” McNamara took big wave surfing to new heights.  Nazare, Portugal has become a big wave Mecca for those courageous enough to play in the swell.  In November of 2011, G-Mac broke the Guinness Book Of World Records by riding a 78-foot wave in the small town off of the Atlantic Coast.  G-Mac openly admits, “In Nazaré, Portugal, the ocean is known as a place of death, not of riding waves."  Yet the 45-year-old Hawaiian surfer's days are spent preparing for and focusing on conquering record-setting waves. On January 28th, 2013, all of the preparing appears to have paid off. Portuguese scientists believe G-Mac shattered his previous world record and caught a 111-foot wave. However, to be instated in the record books, the team at Guinness will now have to research exactly how high the wave stood up, which could take months.

March 23, 2013

The Super Bowl of Big Wave Surfing

Garrett McNamara breaks big wave surfing record

Garrett McNamara Rides a Monster

Riding a skyscraper of wave, Garrett “G-Mac” McNamara took big wave surfing to new heights.  Nazare, Portugal has become a big wave Mecca for those courageous enough to play in the swell.  In November of 2011, G-Mac broke the Guinness Book Of World Records by riding a 78-foot wave in the small town off of the Atlantic Coast.  G-Mac openly admits, “In Nazaré, Portugal, the ocean is known as a place of death, not of riding waves."  Yet the 45-year-old Hawaiian surfer's days are spent preparing for and focusing on conquering record-setting waves. On January 28th, 2013, all of the preparing appears to have paid off. Portuguese scientists believe G-Mac shattered his previous world record and caught a 111-foot wave. However, to be instated in the record books, the team at Guinness will now have to research exactly how high the wave stood up, which could take months.

steve watts
steve watts

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Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left




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