Surfing legend Garrett McNamara may have smashed his own world record after riding the crest of a giant 100ft wave off the coast of Portugal.

The 45-year-old Hawaiian said surfing the 30m monster in Nazaré was really just like "snowboarding on giant mountains."

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That little dot is McNamara


After hurtling at over 60mph down the giant crest, he told ABC news: "You are just going so fast it's really, really similar to snowboarding on giant mountains. And you're just chattering, flying down this bumpy, bumpy mountain, your brains are being rattled, your whole body is being rattled."

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McNamara carries his surfboard off Nazaré

Despite McNamara being older than most champion surfers, he was the previous world record holder after riding a wave of around 90ft in 2011.

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Garrett is yet to find out if he has broken the record

That was also in Nazaré. At the time, McNamara told the Observer why the bay was so perfect for surfing, saying: "There is an underwater canyon 1,000ft deep that runs from the ocean right up to the cliffs. It's like a funnel. At its ocean end it's three miles wide but narrows as it gets closer to the shore and when there is a big swell it acts like an amplifier."

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  • US surfer Garrett McNamara, left, makes a take off on a wave at Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazaré on Monday. If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazaré, of 23.77 meters (78 feet) in November 2011. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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    US surfer Garrett McNamara carries his surfboard before a surf session in Nazare, Portugal, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazare on Monday. If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare, of 23.77 meters (78 feet) in November 2011. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

  • US surfer Garrett McNamara rests after a surf session at Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazare on Monday. If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare, of 23.77 meters (78 feet) in November 2011. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

  • Garrett McNamara

    US surfer Garrett McNamara meets media before a surf session in Nazare, Portugal, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazare on Monday. If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare, of 23.77 meters (78 feet) in November 2011. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

  • US surfer Garrett McNamara carries his longboard after a surf session at Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazare on Monday. If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare, of 23.77 meters (78 feet) in November 2011. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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    US surfers Garrett McNamara, right, and Kealli Mamala get ready before a surf session at Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazare on Monday. If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare, of 23.77 meters (78 feet) in November 2011. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

  • US surfer Garrett McNamara rides a wave at Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazare on Monday. If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare, of 23.77 meters (78 feet) in November 2011. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara sits next to his wife after taking part in a surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara speaks to his wife after taking part in a surfing session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara fixes his surfboards before taking part in a surf session in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara talks to the media at Nazare fishing harbour before taking part in a surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara prepares for a surf session at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara leaves Praia do Norte after a surf session in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara prepares for a surf session at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara prepares for a surf session at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara gets ready for a surf session at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara carries his surfboard as he leaves the beach after a surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara carries his surfboard as he leaves the beach after a surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara carries his surfboard as he leaves the beach after a surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara looks at the ocean before his surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara carries his surfboard as he leaves the beach after a surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara carries his surfboard at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara prepares for a surf session at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara prepares for a surf session at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara looks at the ocean before his surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    FILE - In this photo taken Nov. 1, 2011, and released by Nazare Qualifica/Polvo Concept Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, Garrett McNamara, of Hawaii, surfs what is being called the tallest wave ever ridden at the Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal. McNamara took away honors at the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Friday May 4, 2012 and also set a world surfing record for surfing a wave measured by experts as 78 feet. A panel of big wave surfing and photography experts, who analyzed and measured the photos and videos of Garrett's ride, determined the height of the wave. McNamara now has the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed after riding the 78-footer in November 2011 off the coast of Nazare, Portugal. (AP Photo/Nazare Qualifica/Polvo Concepts, Jorge Leal) EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO SALES

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara looks at the ocean after taking part in a surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    In this photo taken Nov. 1, 2011, and released by Nazare Qualifica/Polvo Concept Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, Garrett McNamara, of Hawaii, surfs what is being called the tallest wave ever ridden at the Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal. Experts at the scene say the wave's face reached heights of 90 feet (27.4 meters). (AP Photo/Nazare Qualifica/Polvo Concepts, Jorge Leal) EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO SALES

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara looks at the ocean before his surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara prepares for a surf session at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara prepares for a surf session at Nazare's fishing harbour on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara looks at the ocean before his surf session at Praia do Norte in Nazare on January 29, 2013. McNamara arrived on January 28 at Praia do Norte, the 'north beach' in the village of Nazare, central Portugal, in an attempt to break his own record for the largest wave ever surfed in the world. On January 28, McNamara surfed a huge wave that could be higher than the one he surfed on November 1, 2011, a wave of 23.77 meters recognized by Guinness World Records as the 'largest ever surfed '. If the claims are verified, McNamara would have beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Australia's Joel Parkinson competes during the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti surfing contest in the southern Pacific ocean island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, on August 27, 2012 in Teahupoo. Australia's Mick Fanning won the event. AFP PHOTO GREGORY BOISSY (Photo credit should read GREGORY BOISSY/AFP/GettyImages)

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    French surfer Jeremy Flores competes during his round one heat at the 2012 Billabong Pro Tahiti in Teahupoo, in the southern Pacific ocean island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, on August 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GREGORY BOISSY (Photo credit should read GREGORY BOISSY/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A participant surfs during the Punta Galea EVE Challenge, on January 3, 2012 in the Northern Spanish Basque town of Getxo. 16 surfers took part during the five hours surf competition, riding 5 meters high waves. AFP PHOTO/ RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A participant surfs during the Punta Galea EVE Challenge, on January 3, 2012 in the Northern Spanish Basque town of Getxo. 16 surfers took part during the five hours surf competition, riding 5 meters high waves. AFP PHOTO/ RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A body surfer rides a high wave at the Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusally hgh serve to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Pacific Storm Brings High Surf To Southern California

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A body surfer rides a high wave at the Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusally hgh serve to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Pacific Storm Brings High Surf To Southern California

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A body surfer rides a high wave at the Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusally hgh serve to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Pacific Storm Brings High Surf To Southern California

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A body surfer rides a high wave at the Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusally hgh serve to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Pacific Storm Brings High Surf To Southern California

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A body surfer rides a high wave at the Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusally hgh serve to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Pacific Storm Brings High Surf To Southern California

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A body surfer rides a high wave at the Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusally hgh serve to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Pacific Storm Brings High Surf To Southern California

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A surfer rides a high wave at The Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusually high surf to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Pacific Storm Brings High Surf To Southern California

    NEWPORT BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: A surfer rides a high wave at The Wedge on September 1, 2011 in Newport Beach, California. Waves measuring up to 20 feet pounded the beach. A winter storm off the coast of Australia and New Zealand brought unusually high surf to the Southern California beaches. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    A surfer rides a wave at Le Port beach on August 3, 2011 in the French Indian ocean island of La Reunion. Bathing and nautical activities are forbidden because of a strong southern swell which causes 12 metres-high waves. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images)