Video: Surfer Garrett McNamara Rides 90-Foot Wave, New World Record

| by Michael Allen

Surfer Garrett McNamara set a new world record when he caught a 90 foot wave during the 'ZON North Canyon Project' in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal (video below).

This part of the Portuguese coastline is reportedly home to a deep water canyon which funnels large swells from the Atlantic Ocean, creating huge waves.

The 44-year-old McNamara told Surfer Today: "I feel so blessed and honored to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town. The waves here are such a mystery."

McNamara says he has been on a mission to catch the "biggest, best waves on the planet" for the past ten years.

He was surfing with fellow surfers Andrew Cotton and Al Mennie when he finally seized his chance earlier this month.

Mennie said: "Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves. Cotty and I surfed two big waves of about 60 feet and then, when Garrett was ready came a canyon wave of over 90 feet. The jet ski was the best place to see him riding the biggest wave I’ve ever seen. It was amazing. Most people would be scared, but Garrett was controlling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer."

The Guinness World Book of Records had officially registered Mike Parsons as holding the title for the highest wave surfed at 77 feet in Cortez Bank, 2001.

The previous unofficial record for the biggest wave ever surfed was held by Ken Bradshaw who rode an 85-foot in Hawaii’s Waimea Bay in 1998.