Garrett McNamara Rides Into The Record Book

It’s official—Garrett McNamara has ridden the largest wave ever. We kinda knew that months ago, but now that the Guinness Book Of World Records has deemed it’s official, we will too… Congrats Big Mac you freaking lunatic!—JC

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HONOLULU — Dude, that was the gnarliest wave ever. Guinness World Records says so.

The record-keeping agency is acknowledging a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November run beats a 2008 record by more than 1 foot. Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, on Oahu’s North Shore, told The Associated Press that the ride of his life was a fluke.

He said he originally didn’t want to attempt the waves that day after wiping out numerous times on even bigger swells in the same spot, above an undersea canyon known as one of the biggest wave-generators on the planet. “I was really beat-up that morning,” he said. “This day, I did not want to get out of bed.”

He changed his mind at the urging of friends, once they got into the ocean and he helped others catch a few waves. “Everything came together,” McNamara said Thursday. “Everything felt right.”

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