2013 started off great when Axi Munian, Antonio Silva, Othmane Choufani, Jérôme Sahyoun and Garett Mcnamara teamed up for a big wave session at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal at january 28th. The news of a record-breaking 111ft (34m) wave surfed by Garett Mcnamara spread like fire . But it was this footage that held us all in its grasp, and it’s not difficult to see why.
Actually, Nazaré didn’t have a big wave reputation when tow in surfing first made its debut in Portugal around 2005. Local French and Basque surfers did recognise its potential, but nobody ever managed to capture great footage as conditions were hard. It wasn’t untill november 2011, when The North Canyon Project paid off and Garett Mcnamara rode a 78ft wave at Nazaré, putting the place on the map. He won first prize at the Billabong XXL and was granted a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Chances are at this point some footage was held back, and a movie about this epic day is in the making. If so, we’re looking out for it.