Garrett McNamara calls Mavericks wave

one on the ‘biggest wipeouts’ of all time

“It was one of the biggest wipeouts of all time.”- Garrett McNamara

On January 7, big wave legend Garrett McNamara paddled onto a 50-foot-monster at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California, and took a drop that he nearly didn’t make it back from.

“It was like I hit concrete,” McNamara told AOL in an exclusive interview at the 2016 Laureus Awards. “I hit so hard that it shattered my shoulder. It shattered in nine pieces.”

Looking back on the day, everything seemed perfect. The 48-year-old surfer, who is the current world record holder for surfing the world’s tallest wave after he challenged a 78-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal, in 2011, said before the massive drop, everything was beautiful.

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