By Lauren Regnier
A daredevil surfer shattered a world record by surfing a 90-foot wave off the coast of Praia do Norte in Portugal.
Garrett McNamara, 44, of Hawaii, is part of an elite fraternity of extreme surfers who seek extremely large waves around the globe, reported ABC News.
McNamara was in Portugal with two other wave enthusiasts, Andrew Cotton and Al Mennie, as part of a study with the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute to understand why such gigantic waves are formed in the deep-water canyon off Nazare, reported The Telegraph.
"This wave, this abnormal-sized wave, just popped out of nowhere. It was like it was meant to be," McNamara said in a telephone interview from Portugal with ABC News.
Cottons towed him onto the mammoth wave.
"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," said Cotton in a story by The Telegraph. "Most people would look scared but Garrett looked in control as he went down the most critical part of the wave.
The previous world record was set by Mike Parsons in 2008, who rode a 77-foot wave at Cortes Bank in California, reported The Telegraph.