Back in November, Hawaiian pro surfer, Garrett McNamara caught a 78-foot rogue wave off the coast of Praia do Norte in Portugal, manhandling the ocean and setting the surfing world record in the process. To put this in perspective, McNamara rode a wall of water about the size of a seven-story building for almost half a minute. Count to thirty right now and pretend the only thing separating you from the bottom of the ocean is a narrow strip of fiberglass.
Obviously, we were wowed by McNamara’s remarkable feat, and we weren’t the only ones. The 44-year-old surfer has been collecting accolades for the last six months, culminating in an official nod from the Guinness World Records last week. Guinness acknowledged that McNamara set the surfing world record, beating the previous world record run by more than a foot.
The official wave height of 78-feet was determined by judges of the Global Big Wave Awards, who studied video footage and hi-res photos, using the length of McNamara’s shin bone to compare to the wave from base to peak. Global Big Wave director Bill Sharp likened McNamara’s achievement to a career-defining feat in baseball, like pitching a perfect game. But he did make one important distinction: “Add to that the fact that the stadium could collapse on you at any second.”
Huge props to Garrett McNamara for riding the monster wave and capturing the surfing world record. Check out the mind-boggling video below.
Did you feel the wave of excitement that hit the extreme sports world this week? That, my friends, was a crowd full of X-Games fans going nuts over the first 1080 skateboarding trick to ever be pulled out mid-competition. From all the way in the Far East, thousands of Shanghai skateboarding fanatics are in a frenzy over skater Tom Schaar pulling off the epic feat. And wanna know something even more nuts? He is only 12-years-old. What have you done with your life lately? Continue reading “12-Year-Old Pulls First Ever 1080 Skateboarding Trick in Competition” »
With less than tasty waves rolling into Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia earlier this week, the crowd’s mood was officially mellow while awaiting Rip Curl Pro 2012. We are talking waves that could have been dominated by our baby’s babies. Ok… maybe not, but seriously.
After some wait, the surf report improved and the field of the world’s 36 raddest surfers hit some swells that were meant for the big boys. Team Marley representative Bede Durbridge hit the beach during the second heat and went pedal to the metal all over his competition.
Durbridge, an Australian native, caught three waves in his heat and received one of the highest single wave scores on what was sure to be one of largest sets of the day. With a huge under the loop dropwall, some quick turns and a sick layback just before hitting the sand, his one wave ride stood out from the rest of the Rip Curl Pro 2012 pack, which included heavy hitters like Kelly Slater, Adriano De Souza and Mick Fanning.
Looking to trample the competition as he heads back up the leader board, Bede Durbridge now sets his sights on the upcoming Billabong Pro Rio in Brazil this May. Until then? This sick surfer will be heading out on a filming trip for his next video, pushing himself to the brink on each wave in true #LiveMarley fashion.
One love and good luck to Bede on filming his part and on the remaining events of this year’s pro tour.