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11 and never stopped.
McNamara, 46, from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has had countless experiences like that scouring the world for the wildest rides.
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McNamara has lived most of his life in Hawaii. But he has chosen Nazare over other surfing hotspots as the place where he is most likely to find his monster.
"It would be nice to ride a 100 foot wave next. Well, actually I'd probably go for a 120 footer," he said.
"There's giant waves in numerous occasions around the world, it's a matter of the wind being offshore. Here, you have so many giant swells every year, more than anywhere I have encountered."
World renowned American surfer Garrett McNamara holds a record for riding a 78 foot (24 m) wave the largest ever surfed. Now he wants to find one almost twice as big.
The Atlantic pounds Portugal's western coast unimpeded by islands or other barriers. But Nazare is unique in having an underwater canyon that runs right to the beach, compressing the water and making the waves burst higher.
Inside his warehouse on the Saucony Mirage 5 dock in Nazare, the first prototypes are on display sleek and silver coloured. Their in built weights and flexible tops help absorb the chop as he rides down waves.
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He set his first record on what he calls the "Holy Grail of huge waves" in Nazare (Portuguese for Nazareth) in 2011. Ever since, he has been scouring the horizon for the next one.
feel like so small, but also so alive, because you're at the mercy of this monster and its gotten hold of you and shaking you and rattling you," he told Reuters.
"These are the biggest that I have come across," he said, looking out at the sea from a hotel balcony.
The effect is breathtaking, pushing waves nearly as high as the lighthouse sitting at the tip of a headland in Nazare, where McNamara often sits watching the water.
"It just depends on the ride, like when you come down and you don't make the wave and you get blown up and you just Reebok Boys
Just as importantly, he got all sponsorships he needed.
At 35 a mature age in many demanding sports he sat down and sketched a plan on how to keep going as a professional.
"It starts pretty wide, a few miles wide, then it comes down so it just compresses everything," McNamara said. "And when it finally reaches a shallow enough point, it breaks and you have sideways waves, so it creates even bigger waves."
for the second time today and it feels so much better than all the boards I ever rode," he said.
McNamara has begun to design what he calls the "perfect board" with the help of engineers from Mercedes Benz, which began sponsoring him two years ago.
Surfer awaits monster wave in Portugal
McNamara was first invited there in 2010 by the local city hall. "They wanted to know if their waves were any good, if it was good enough for an event," he said.
"I was about to retire, start working 9 to 5, and I wrote my goal surfing," he said. "What do I do? Win this, win this (competition). How do I do it? Train, focus, and it worked."
McNamara has achieved what few athletes have managed to follow his passion all his life. He started surfing aged Saucony Low Pro
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