Friday, November 11, 2011

World record wave ridden by American Surfer

American Surfer (U S A! U S A!) Garret McMamara broke a world record by riding the highest wave ever surfed.

From the Daily Mail:
An extreme surfer is set to earn a place in the record books after riding a 90 foot wave. Garrett McNamara caught the monster wave during the ZON North Canyon Project in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal. The coastline is home to a deep water canyon which funnels large swells from the Atlantic Ocean, creating record-breaking waves such as the one McNamara rode.

According to Surfer Today, the biggest wave ever recorded by scientists measured 520 metres in height and occurred in Lituya Bay, a fjord located on the coast of Alaska. The giant wave killed two fishermen as it slammed down into the bay on July 9 1958. The Guinness World Book of Records had officially registered Mike Parsons as holding the title for the highest wave surfed at 77ft feat in Cortez Bank, 2001.

The previous unofficial record for the biggest wave ever surfed was held by Ken Bradshaw who rode an 85-footer in Hawaii’s Waimea Bay in 1998.
In 2007, Daredevil McNamara became one of the first people ever to ride a wave caused by a glacier. The feat took place at the foot of the 400ft Child’s Glacier, in south-central Alaska.

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