Man Surfs 90-Foot Monster Wave, Sets Record
Garrett McNamara rides rode monster off Portugal
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2011 10:17 AM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2011 9:00 AM CST
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(Newser) – There are waves, and then there are waves. Garrett McNamara managed to surf one of latter. The Telegraph reports that the Hawaiian set a world record after riding the 90-foot monster off the coast of Portugal. The 44-year-old professional surfer was in a prime position to do so: He was in the water as part of a study with the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute that's attempting to figure out why the rogue waves form in the area. The former record, set in 2008, involved a 77-foot wave.

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Nov 14, 2011 6:05 AM CST
What chance did he have of surviving if he''d have messed up and dunked? 1m3 of water weighs exactly 1 tonne. So a 90 foot wave on a 1m2 footprint weighs nearly 30 tonnes. It won't crush you but if it lands on you, you'll be trying to swim up against the falling dead weight of 12 SUV's sinking on your head...after spinning like a leaf in the world's largest tumble dryer. That's if the the bouncing on the bottom doesn't kill you first.
Nov 13, 2011 11:02 AM CST
Kawabonga Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 10, 2011 4:02 PM CST
I lived on the North Shore of Hawaii for 3 years and was part of the surfing scene. What this guy did is beyond amazing. I had no idea there were such huge waves off Europe. I'd seen 30/40 ft. waves at famous Hawaiian surf spots... and knew some of the guys who rode them [have photos too], but this ride... cowabunga, man.