Hawaiian surfer breaks world record by riding 78ft wave off Portugal. The Guinness World Records has recognised a 44-year-old professional surfer from Hawaii for catching a 78ft wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November feat beats a 2008 record for the biggest ridden by more than 12 inches.
Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, on Oahu's north shore, has admitted that the ride of his life was a fluke, however. He said he originally did not want to attempt the waves that day after wiping out numerous times on even bigger swells in the same spot, above an undersea canyon known as one of the biggest wave-generators in the world. "I was really beat-up that morning," he said. "This day, I did not want to get out of bed. " He changed his mind at the urging of friends.
Video of the run shows the 5ft 10in McNamara against a wall of water as he lets go of a tow rope and begins riding down the wave at Praia do Norte. The official record comes after McNamara was awarded $15,000 (£9,309) for the ride at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards in California. Benjaman Kyle. Benjaman Kyle is the pseudonym adopted by a man who has dissociative amnesia.
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