After setting the Guiness World Record two years ago when he rode a 78-foot wave, Garrett McNamara smashed his own record by surfing a reported 100 ft. behemoth in Portugal recently. He claims to have caught the monster wave in Nazare — the same place he caught the first one in November of 2011.
McNamara claims the wave measured 100 feet, but exact measurements are difficult. McNamara believed his record-breaking wave of 2011 was 90 feet, not 78. According to the surfing website Magic Seaweed, measuring waves is not very straightforward:
“This issue of wave height is a problem of perspective, angle and distance the judges at the XXL have to address every year when awarding the tallest wave gong. Bill Sharp, director of the XXL Awards told Grind ‘The hard part isn’t locating the top of the wave, it’s finding the bottom of it, because that’s the point where you start measuring from.
“‘The challenge is photos and video can both be deceiving depending on the angle of the shot, the size of the lens used, and even stuff like mist and water color. We should be seeing video of it in the next week or so, and that will be a lot more revealing because it allows us to see where and when the surfer reaches the bottom.'”
McNamara’s incredible wave was captured on video by Tobias Ilsanker, and there appears to be a full film coming soon.