100-Foot Wave? Maybe, for US Surfer

Garrett McNamara rides to a possible world-record in Portugal

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 29, 2013 11:47 AM CST

(Newser) – The surfing world is buzzing today on reports that Hawaiian Garrett McNamara got the holy grail of the sport—a 100-foot wave. Surfer Today has an image of McNamara riding the behemoth in Nazare, Portugal. Surf experts say it looks like a 100-footer, but it will be a while before the folks at Guinness weigh in. At the very least, it looks like McNamara has broken his own world record of 78 feet, from 2011. You can see video of that ride here.

A 100-foot wave? It's pretty, either way. Photo is from the Twitter feed of Francisco Salvador.
A 100-foot wave? It's pretty, either way. Photo is from the Twitter feed of Francisco Salvador.   (https://twitter.com/ciscosalvador/status/295975707446738945/photo/1)
A 2011 file photo of Garrett McNamara surfing in Nazare, Portugal.
A 2011 file photo of Garrett McNamara surfing in Nazare, Portugal.   (AP Photo/Nazare Qualifica/Polvo Concepts, Jorge Leal)
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