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Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 30, 2013 - 11:39am PT
Kinda on topic, almost need a belay to surf this wave

Enormous wave dwarfs surfer Garrett McNamara along coast of Portugal
By Natalia Jimenez, NBC News
Surfer Garrett McNamara catches what could be the largest wave ever surfed, off the coast of Nazare, Portugal, on Jan. 29. The estimated 100-foot wave, if confirmed, would beat the current world record of 78 feet, which McNamara has held since 2011. According to SurferToday.com:
Garrett McNamara traveled from Hawaii and hit the water with Kealii Mamala - with whom he surfed waves generated by glacier blocks in Alaska - Kamaki Worthington and Hugo Vau, as their support team on the jet ski. The conditions in Nazaré were heavenly perfect. Light southern winds and strong swell coming from northwest and hitting the local canyon as it should.
Judges with Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards will work to determine the actual size of the wave.
McNamara's surfing skills developed when his family moved to Hawaii from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, when he was 11 years old. As a professional big wave surfer, he regularly seeks out the largest waves in the world.

Video
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26184891/vp/45268664#45268664


Credit: Jon Beck

Surfing waves created by glacier blocks falling


David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:43am PT
Sheeit!
Norwegian

Trad climber
Pollock Pines, California
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:43am PT
im ignorant, so
how dire of consequences if, say
he pitched from his position in
the photo?

looks like a violent cespoole
at the wave base.
WBraun

climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:48am PT
What happens to a n00b if he tries this and falls in the middle of this thing?

Does he die?

:-)
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Going over he falls on one of these would hold you down under the water for a long time, assuming the impact didn't kill you you might go unconscious. I would carry a pony bottle strapped to my leg if I had to surf that wave, but I am a pussy.
WBraun

climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
a pony bottle


Sorry .... that I'm so stupid.

What's a pony bottle?
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:12pm PT
Sorry .... that I'm so stupid.

Are you an American?

...that would explain it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pony_bottle
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:13pm PT
Sorry .... that I'm so stupid. What's a pony bottle?

Werner, you know the poster who goes by Da Dweeb? And all those wonderful happy fun ponies he posts pictures of? Where do you think he gets them?

From a pony bottle, of course.

Just imagine being crushed to death by a million tonnes of surging water. Wouldn't you want to be able to pull the cork on the magic pony bottle and have hundreds of rainbow-colored ponies whisk you to safety?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
That first pic looks like the world's largest shorebreak. Yikes!
I know it is a big lens but still.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
What's a pony bottle?


H.E.E.D. is a mini scuba bottle with a regulator built on top.
About the size of a water bottle.


Credit: survival
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
That's huge, for sure. Respect for the surfer and the ocean.
While XXL contest organizers try and figure out the actual size, they are faced with the dilemma"how do you measure a wave that doesn't break?"
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
Worthy OT. I know these elite big wave riders do breath training. A local I met while underwater rock running at Waimea Beach last summer who told me Ken Bradshaw could hold his breath for 5 minutes in a pool.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
Did you watch all the footage Jefe--that one he was on broke big an scary. Or am I missing your point?
brotherbbock

Trad climber
Alta Loma, CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
The best thing about this is how GMac said he didn't get a "rush" from riding this wave! Dudes nutz!!!!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
It is feathering nicely on top. Must be offshore.

I don't even want to think about the consquences of a hold-down/beat-down from that monster.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 01:34pm PT
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Jan 30, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
About the photo in the first post; might be some good buildering there.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jan 30, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
I'm more impressed when they don't use those cute little tugboat things.
WBraun

climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 02:03pm PT
Well ..... thanks for the info guys.

So he did it without supplemental Oxygen.

What a pro!!!

N00bs will never go there I guess, even with oxygen.

Thus he descaled the the MT Everest of WAVE .....
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 30, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
Here's the money shots...
Hell, I don't know. It's here:

Nazare,Portugal
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