GARRETT McNamara makes the XXL again after being towed into a bomb off Nazare in Portugal by Andrew Cotton. It is being called 90ft, making it one of the biggest waves ever ridden.
"At the end of the ride when it landed on me it felt like a ton of bricks" said Garrett. "At that moment it brought it all into perspective and I was very thankful to have made it because one mistake here could be your last."
"There had been a couple of huge sets hitting the cliffs before this one swung in" said Cotty. "It's when the canyon's refraction combines with the running swell that you get the big ones, sort of a combination effect."
"We were without the main safety ski and no helicopter back up." Said Al Mennie, who was running water support. "All we had was a ski to tow and another ski which doesn't work in white water, plus Nicole spotting for us on the cliff top. Instead of yesterday's five man team on the water, we were only three.
"We saw the set coming, a three wave cluster much bigger than all the other sets we'd seen that day. The first wave was big, the second bigger and the third a monster. It was that third wave which Garrett surfed and then immediately afterwards the ocean sank back as if it had spent itself."
"Both Cotty and I rode two big ones in the 60ft+ range and then when Garrett got on the rope, a wave, maybe 30ft bigger came out of the canyon, it was meant to be. I had the best seat in the house as he dropped down the face of the biggest wave I've ever seen. It was incredible."
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