Garrett McNamara

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Garrett McNamara
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Personal information
Born (1967-08-10) August 10, 1967 (age 46)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Haleiwa, Hawaii
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Surfing career
Years active 1978–present
Best year 2011
Sponsors Red Nose, Wavejet, Donjoy, Body Glove,[1] Kona Red, Maui Jim, Raw Elements, and Noll Worldwide
Major achievements World record for largest wave ever surfed, first to surf tidal waves from calving glaciers
Surfing specifications
Stance Regular
Shaper(s) Dick Brewer, Greg Noll, YU, Rusty, Stretch
Quiver Big
Favorite waves Lani's and Sunset
Favorite maneuvers The tube
Website garrettmcnamara.com

Garrett ‘GMAC’ McNamara (born August 10, 1967) is an American professional big wave surfer and extreme waterman known for breaking the world record for largest wave ever surfed at Nazaré, Portugal, surviving a monstrous wave at Jaws, and riding tidal waves from calving glaciers in Alaska.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

McNamara was born on August 10, 1967 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and spent part of his childhood in Berkeley, California. In Berkeley, McNamara, and his younger brother Liam McNamara, were both known by friends to be rather fearless and to shrug off the pains of rough childhood play, foreshadowing his later ability to face danger while surfing.[2] McNamara moved to the North Shore of Hawaii in 1978. At eleven years old, McNamara followed his younger brother's footsteps and began surfing at Sunset, Waimea and the outer reefs in search of giant swells. He entered and placed in the prestigious Hawaiian Triple Crown Series at seventeen and began to gain major sponsors from major Japanese brands. For the next ten years both brothers joined the competition circuit, traveling and becoming fluent in Japanese.

Tow surfing caught on amongst the surfing community in the early 1990s and McNamara was one of the first to join in on the rush. Boats and personal water craft enabled surfers to chase down and catch giant waves that were thought impossible, beyond the bounds of surfers paddling with their bare hands. McNamara welcomed and craved the challenge to find the biggest waves in the world, which would instantly become his dream and mission in life.

Career[edit]

After training for a year, McNamara and tow-in partner Rodrigo Resende won the $70,000 purse at the Tow Surfing World Cup in Maui at Jaws in 2002.[3] This is currently the largest purse ever won at any surfing event. Later that year, he graced the cover of major surf magazines around the world after being photographed in a dramatic barrel shot off of the coast of Teahupo'o in Tahiti. In 2003 he rode one of his most well known waves. McNamara was once again at Jaws and caught a wave with a 20-foot (6.1 m) barrel where onlookers believed he had been crushed by the lip of the wave. The wave spit and escaping death, he emerged to the surprise and amazement of everyone watching, including himself.

The boundaries of big-wave surfing was pushed once again in the summer of 2007 by McNamara and partner Keali’i Mamala, seeking tidal waves formed by 300-foot (91 m) calving glaciers in South-Central Alaska. A feature film was made documenting their experience.[4]

World record[edit]

In November 2011, chasing storms and tracking swells paid off for McNamara as he entered the Guinness World Records. He caught a 78 foot (24 m) wave in Nazaré, Portugal after being towed into the wave from a jet ski riding a 6’0 Dick Brewer Tow Board. His record beat the prior world record by over a foot,[5] but the premature announcement (by others, not by McNamara) proved a source of controversy in the surf world.[6] Meanwhile, McNamara continued to search for an even larger wave.

In January 2013, McNamara broke his own world record by surfing a 100-foot (30 m) wave.[7] He also did this off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.[8]

Beyond surfing[edit]

In recent years, McNamara began another pursuit of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and gave it his own twist by designing and creating SUP boards for a more extreme experience, venturing into big wave venues like Waimea, Puerto Escondido, and Mavericks. He was invited to compete in the World Stand Up Paddle Surfing Championship in June 2009 by the International Surfing Association where only 32 elite surfers were invited to attend.[9]

In early 2011 he signed on as a team rider and global ambassador to WaveJet, a revolutionary, electronic jet drive that can be plugged into any WaveJet personal watercraft including surfboards, stand up paddleboards, and more.

Personal life[edit]

McNamara is married to Nicole McNamara (née Macias), an environmental sciences teacher. The couple wed at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal in November 2012.[10][11]

Activity[edit]

Filmography[edit]

The following is based on Internet Movie Database data:[13]

Television[edit]

Films[edit]

  • "The Glacier Project"
  • "The North Canyon Show by Garrett McNamara"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Body Glove Welcomes Garrett to the Family". Grind TV. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Personal Experience of D. Glaser
  3. ^ "McNamara & Resende Win Tow-In World Cup". HoloHolo Hawai'i. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Glacier Project". YouTube. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "78-FOOT WAVE SURFED BY GARRETT MCNAMARA CONFIRMED AS LARGEST EVER RIDDEN". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "GMac’s Controversial 90-Foot Wave". The Inertia. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Surf's up to 100ft: Daredevil breaks world record for largest wave ever ridden". The Mirror. Retrieved 30 Jan 2013. 
  8. ^ "Garrett McNamara Surfs Monster Waves in Portugal". theinertia.com. 
  9. ^ "SUP World Tour". OC Beach Blog. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Garrett McNamara casa-se esta tarde". caras.sapo.pt. Retrieved 30 Jan 2013. 
  11. ^ "Surfer Garrett McNamara Conquers His 100-Foot Wave". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 30 Jan 2013. 
  12. ^ "U.S surfer sets Guinness World Record for largest wave ever after barreling down a 'supersize' 78 ft tall wall of water". London: Daily Mail. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Garrett McNamara at the Internet Movie Database