Can you imagine riding a 77-foot wave? Garrett McNamara can and he has a world record.
(CBS) — Garrett McNamara now has the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed after riding a 78-footer in November off the coast of Nazare, Portugal.
Mike Parson had the previous mark, riding a 77-footer off the Southern California coast in 2008.
The ruling became official on Friday by a panel of experts for the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.
McNamara told Petethomasoutdoors.com, “It’s amazing we get to do what we do, I am so grateful. 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.