Surfer sets world record by riding 90 foot wave

Thrill seekers, your mark has been set.

Garrett McNamara logged a new world record, riding a towering 90 foot wave in beautiful Nazare, Portugal this week. According to his personal website, McNamara had dedicated his life to finding — and riding — the biggest waves in the world.


This may surprise people back east but except for when I was in the army I have lived my whole life in California and I have never been surfing. Us Smog-Eaters really don’t spend that much time at the beach. If you’ve ever been to a California beach you know why.

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30 Responses to Dude!

  1. honora says:

    Chorus of people living on THE Coast, “Oh, we didn’t realize California even had a coast” 😉

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Gnarly man. Yep, I was a smog eater for nearly two decades and didn’t surf. Well, I surfed on 101. Does that count. 🙂

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I moved to SoCal as a teen in the 60’s expecting Beach Blanket Bingo, man, was I disappointed. Never saw the sun til 3pm and the water was always freezing cold. I wore sweats in July.

  4. Lola-at-Large says:

    That was cool. I’ve never been surfing. But a crab did bite my daddy’s titty in the Gulf of Mexico once.

    OT: Shorter Touré: Goddamnit! Yes I AM a victim!


  5. DeniseVB says:

    LOL ! Saw this over at Hillbuzz….


    Herman Cain announced that he has changed his party affiliation to Democrat. MSNBC starts investigation to find out just who these racists are that are making these unfounded allegations and ruin the reputation of a fine man.

  6. Jadzia says:

    Hoooly crap! My surfing experience while living in LA was one lesson with The Surfing Rabbi (no, really: http://www.surfingrabbi.com/), who has to be one of the most patient men on the planet. That said, I never did manage to stand on the board in any consistent kind of way. That 90 foot wave is terrifying! I’ll be on shore drinking a nice glass of port, thankyouverymuch.

  7. votermom says:

    OT Is it just me or is twitter being very cranky this morning?

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      It’s not just you. I’m getting people I’m not even following in my timeline. They must doing a Facebook upgrade. Doh!

  8. yttik says:

    Wow! 90ft.

    People actually surf up here in WA, which is quite a feat because the water is freezing, it’s usually 40 degrees, raining, and there are sharks. The beaches are beautiful though, isolated, pristine.

  9. crawdad says:

    I remember one winter when there was a big storm and they were worried about flooding in Santa Cruz. Emergency crews were putting up sandbags and a TV reporter noticed some guys surfing.

    He interviewed them and asked them why they were surfing at a time like that.

    “Dude, when are we ever gonna see gnarly waves like this again?”

  10. yttik says:

    Off topic, but some election news this AM, it looks like WA has voted to end government run liquor stores and the Mississippi person hood bill has failed.

    Here is WA, it appears like we’ve got some strong anti government, no new taxes, sentiment going on. This is a very liberal state but even where I live people voted against education, libraries, and the fire dept. If you can’t get liberals to support library funding, that is a major no confidence vote in government’s ability to manage money.

  11. Karma says:


    I’ve only been body surfing as a kid, it doesn’t take nearly as much skill. But those surfers are wusses with their wetsuits on protecting them from the cold. The kids are the committed ones on the west coast…lol…no wetsuits for them. A common scene at a CA beach, parents calling their kids up from the water to check how badly they were quivering. No blue lips or stuttering replies, the kid could go back in.

    We went to the Beach Boardwalk or Rio Del Mar beaches a lot for cheap entertainment. They both have these rivers that pour out into the ocean and are fun to ride inner tubes over the mini-wave action as the river and ocean meet, We had a huge inner tube with a cool fabric wrapped around it. The usual inner tubes were small. This one was so big my parents could use it, and with the fabric you couldn’t go inside. So you rode on top of the tube and hung on, Riding down rivers or in the surf was a blast. Now the river next to the Boardwalk is a almost a pond where it meet the ocean – not nearly as fun. But lots of good memories at the beach.

    When I lived in Santa Cruz as an adult. I rarely went to the beach to go in the water. Watching the sunset, or eating a fresh crab from the boardwalk somewhere along the coast, but didn’t go in the water. It’s cold!

    • yttik says:

      LOL! The water in Ca really is cold. It’s even colder up North. When I was in Hawaii it took days to convince my brain that the water was actually warm. My body would just go into this kind of cold reflex, like WTH are you doing, this is water, it’s freezing!

      • votermom says:

        I’m literally allergic to cold water.

      • Karma says:

        We went camping up your way and it was a lot colder! The way the wind came off the ocean too was more intense. Almost made the the waves seem bigger. Not sure if that makes sense.

        LOL…the cold reflex. They can probably spot the west coasters on Hawaiian beaches by that toe-touch-temp-test.

  12. foxyladi14 says:

    The water in Ca really is cold. It’s even colder up North.
    because it snows 😆

  13. dorkle says:

    Oh, man. I am the only one from SoCal who actually enjoys the cold water?

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the warm water. I’ve traveled to places where beaches had warm water and they are killer, but I love my cold water beaches. Not up North like in SF or higher, though, that is way too frigid and from what I’ve seen, could hardly be called a beach.

  14. Erica says:

    When I was in college I used to boogie board and body surf and whenever I got really stressed out I would dream-literally- about big waves like that one. But to see one/ride one, that is incredible.

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