Did surfer break big-wave record?
The surf world is buzzing after photos of surfer Garrett McNamara racing down the face of a monster wave on Monday are emerging, with speculation that he might have broken his own world record.
McNamara last year made history after taking on a 78-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal, nabbing the Guinness World Record for breaking the previous record set by Orange County's Mike Parsons, who set the record in 2008 for a 77-foot wave ridden at Cortes Bank. McNamara won the Billabong XXL Award at the Grove in Anaheim later that season for Biggest Wave Award, grabbing $15,000 for the feat.
Photographers and spectators lined the cliff watching a handful of big-wave riders get pulled into the massive waves by jet skis. Analysts are measuring the latest wave taken on Monday by McNamara at the same place he set the record last year, with some news reports making early guesses that it towered 100 feet tall.
It could take months for the size of the latest wave to be determined by experts at the Guinness Book of World Records.
McNamara has been surfing since he was 11, and went pro at 17. He was born in Massachusetts, but moved to Hawaii in 1978, according to his website. He is considered one of the best big-wave surfers in the world.
For more information on McNamara: garrettmcnamara.com
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