When Garrett McNamara paddles out into one of the world's biggest breaks, he knows what he's getting into. In fact, seeing as he's the only person have successfully ridden a wave taller than 90 feet, it's safe to say he knows more about surfing giants than just about anyone on Earth.
Here's what it looked like when his broke his own world record off the rocky coast Nazaré, Portugal, back in 2013. That's 100 feet of pure death traveling over 50 miles per hour...and he's standing on it.
For comparison, here's what it looks like when McNamara gets eaten by a wall of water a third the size of his record-breaker. Homeboy bounces across the face of this next wave like a human skipping stone.
Before we go any further, let's make it clear that you did NOT just watch a 48-year-old man meet his end in a 50-second YouTube video. McNamara managed to escape his wipeout at Northern California's "Maverick Break" with surprisingly few injuries, however the Sydney Morning Herald's description of his dislocated shoulder as "his arm was dangling by the skin and sinew" didn't exactly make them sound fun. He was lucky, though, especially when you imagine what would've happened had he taken that same spill on the monstrosity in the first clip. The guy would've instantly been splattered into human flotsam and jetsam.
Thankfully he's still two arms and legs attached to a torso.
A million thank yous for everyone who has been sending positive vibes. Everything went well and is put back together and...