London, Jan. 30 (ANI): Surfing legend Garrett McNamara has broken his own record of a 78ft high wave by riding a 100ft wave off the coast of Nazare in Portugal.
If the claims are verified, the US-born athlete will have successfully beaten his own record, which was also set at Nazare, when he rode a 78ft high wave at the end of 2011, reports the Mirror.
McNamara, 45, risked being forced dozens of feet beneath the water, or slamming into a reef or the ocean floor, if he had wiped out on the massive wave.
His 2011 record was confirmed by a panel of experts at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.
The surfer said at the time that hearing his name announced at the awards ceremony gave him "a bigger rush" than actually riding the wave.
McNamara was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but his family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was 11 where he followed in his older brother Liam's footsteps and began to surf.
He started competing professionally at the age of 17 and spent ten years on the circuit with his brother. (ANI)