1. Big wave surfer Garrett McNamara likely set a new world record when he surfed a 100-foot wave in Portugal this week.
The Guinness Book of World Records now has to verify the height of the wave, which isn’t exactly a speedy process. According to The Inquisitr, it took more than a year for McNamara’s previous record to be verified.
2. McNamara set the current record in 2011 when he rode a 78-foot wave at the same spot in Nazaré, Portugal. Here’s some more mind-melting footage from his day at the beach.
The waves grow to such a frightening height because of the Nazaré Canyon, a 16,000-foot underwater canyon off the coast.
To put a 100-foot tall wave into perspective, here are a few things that measure 100-feet:
Most 10-story buildings.
1 full length NBA court (with six feet to spare).
2 standard IMAX screens.
100 1-foot waves.
A stack of five average-size giraffes.
A stack of 14.2 Andrew Bynums.
H/T Sean Newell at Deadspin