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Highest Wave Ever Surfed

Photo: To Mane/Nazare Qualifica

That little speck in the middle of the photograph is pro surfer Garrett McNamara surfing a humongous wave off the Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal. The wave, reported to be around 100 ft tall, is a record breaker (the previous record, also held by McNamara, was a wave 78 feet tall):

In the small town of Nazaré, on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, a single red lighthouse stands at the shoreline. The small road leading to the lighthouse is, on any normal day, completely deserted. But on Monday, hundreds of people packed the road — photographers and spectators — as the huge swells battered the rocky shoreline. But most cameras seemed unable to capture the height of the sea from such a close vantage point — lauded surf photographer To Mane took a much wider angle, ultimately capturing a stunning view of McNamara’s ride atop the unfathomable wave.

Nick Carbone of TIME Lightbox reports: Link

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