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Monday, May 14, 2012

Guinness World Record: 78' --the largest wave ever surfed

This news item needs no introduction:
Guinness World Records can confirm that Garrett McNamara has entered the record books for surfing the largest ever wave.
The Hawaiian 44-year-old managed to surf a mammoth 78-foot wave last November at Nazaré, Portugal, a feat which has now been ratified by GWR after examining evidence.
His epic ride, which required him to be towed into the wave from a jetski, beats a record set by Mike Parsons at Cortes Bank in southern California, in 2008 by over a foot.
Go here to see the picture and video of the recording setting surfing in action.  I am certain Mr. Garrett McNamara is very happy and proud of setting this record and his name is now permanently entered into the record books.  As stated in the article, this new record beats the previous record by "over a foot".  Now what I am wondering is HOW did the Guinness World Record measure the height of the wave that was being surfed with this kind of accuracy?

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