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Garrett McNamara Sets Record: Surfer Rides 90 Foot Wave (VIDEO)

11/09/2011 01:36 pm ET | Updated Jan 09, 2012

On his website, Garrett McNamara is a self-described "extreme surfer." Interestingly enough, this may be the understatement of the century. The American professional surfer broke the world record for "Largest Wave Surfed" by conquering a 90 foot behemoth. "Extreme" doesn't quite do this feat justice.

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According to Gizmodo, the previous world record was set by Mike Parsons in 2008 for surfing a paltry 77-foot wave.

McNamara's amazing feat took place in Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal, during the ZON North Canyon Project.

According to the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, as reported in Drift Magazine, "the proximity of the 'Nazare Canyon' to Praia do Norte creates a situation that greatly increases the swells intensity."

"Greatly increases" is probably another understatement.

"I feel so blessed and honoured to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town," McNamara told Surfer Today. "The waves here are such a mystery."

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