This past weekend Garrett McNamara was clocked going 62.4 kilometres per hour on a wave at Nazaré. He did it on a specially constructed and weighted board provided by Mercedes Benz. The reason GMac tapped the German auto maker was because his current crop of tow-in boards couldn't outrun the speeds at which those giant most-likely-not-meant-to-be-ridden-by-humans waves travel.
The feat, which a press release claims had never been done before, was possible thanks to the telemetry system developed by Mercedes-Benz in the context of the MBoard Project – which resulted in the construction of four luxury surfboards exclusively for Garrett McNamara.
We talked to Garrett just before he left Portugal for the season to return home to Hawaii. McNamara will return to Portugal in October of this year.
It’s been a phenomenal year. Which swell stands out the most?
They were all so different I can't say one was better than the other. There was one swell in December that definitely stood out from the pictures I saw.
We’re going to put you on the spot: Which wave this year was the biggest one ridden (or “attempted" to ride if you listen to Laird)?
I don't know there were so many big ones and they all break so different. The lefts are more top to bottom and the rights crumble, really not sure.
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