Guinness World Records is acknowledging Garrett McNamara, a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer, for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November 2011 run beats a 2008 record by more than 1 foot.
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 Paul Drewes sits down with North Shore resident and extreme surfer Garrett McNamara to talk about his extreme experience, riding a 90 foot wave in Portugal.