What Is the Largest Wave Ever Ridden?


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As of July 2014, the world record for riding the largest wave belongs to Garrett McNamara, who rode a wave officially listed in the Guinness Book of World Records at 78 feet in November 2011. McNamara's record, however, may have been bettered by two subsequent rides, both in 2013.

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In January 2013, Garrett McNamara rode a wave estimated at 100 feet. Then in October 2013, Carlos Burle surfed a wave which was also estimated at 100 feet. Like McNamara's record ride, both of these waves occurred near Naraze, a small fishing village in Portugal. As of July 2014, both 100-foot rides await verification by the Guinness Book of World Records, so McNamara's 78-foot ride remains the official record.

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