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Garrett McNamara Sets New World Record for Largest Wave Ever Surfed

Recognized as one of the top elite big wave paddle surfers and towsurfers in the world today, G-Mac is known for many things in surfing.

Snap from video of G-Mac riding the biggest wave ever.
Snap from video of G-Mac riding the biggest wave ever.

(SALEM, Ore.) - Garrett McNamara has set a new world record for the largest wave ever surfed. A household name in the surfing community and one of the kindest and most insightful pro surfers I've ever interviewed, 'G-Mac' was towed into a rogue wave in Portugal, at the North Canyon, that was estimated to be 90 feet in height (30 yards of wave).

Impressive barely begins to describe it.

Our writer Roger Butow in Laguna Beach sent the word of this, I've contacted Garrett for more reactions and we will deliver that in another article.

Recognized as one of the top elite big wave paddle surfers and towsurfers in the world today, G-Mac is known for many things in surfing and he has been for many years. He also is no stranger to Oregon where a reef break in Lincoln City breaks in world class form each winter, almost always topping 30-feet.

Surfer Garrett McNamara- biggest wave ever!

Knowing what a performer he is in real life, I can only imagine what this must have looked like in person; three times the size of anything I've seen here!

G-Mac surfs every year in Oregon's Nelscott Big Wave Tow-in Classic, he has held the title of World Cup Tow-In Champ and Garret has also won many awards and titles ranging from 1st - 4th place in the past ten years. readers are accustomed to the adventures of our very own big wave rider, Eric Akiskalian, who has been a friend of Garrett's for many years. conducted a fantastic interview with this world pro last year about a wave I videotaped Eric riding that was entered in the 2010 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards.

Check out the massive wave by clicking on the video below, and I have included links to stories about Oregon surfing that include references and interview segments with G-Mac, the man who has set a record that is going to be very hard to top.

Learn more about G-Mac by visiting his Website:

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Anonymous November 10, 2011 2:19 pm (Pacific time)

Power on G-mac!

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