Garret McNamara Sets New World Record!
Garret McNamara was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, about a 3 hour drive from the ocean, but according to his website he is a citizen of the world. His family moved to the North Shore of Oahu in 1978, when surfing became a major part of his life. From there the rest was history; he was entered in the Vans Triple Crown during his years in high school, and made the main event. This gave him his first taste of surfing for money, and he became a professional surfer. In 2007 Garret McNamara and his partner Keali’i Mamala found themselves awaiting glacier walls to crash down into the water in Alaska, waiting for the massive tsunami waves to form from the glacier walls breaking off into the ocean. Fast forward to 2011 and Garret McNamara has made quite a name for himself as one of the hardest surfing guys in the world. His hunger for the next big ride motivates him to be at the top of his game, and always ready to search out the next big wave waiting to come ashore. Garret has just set a new world record for, of course, for the largest wave ever surfed! He was towed into a 90 foot rogue wave off the coast of Portugal, at the North Canyon. His record setting wave made landfall during the ZON North Canyon Show 2011, a study hosted by the local government to bring understanding and coverage of the local surf spots and industry.