A panel of big-wave experts and photographers analyzed the footage with Guinness World Records and named the 2011 wave the “Largest Wave Ever Surfed” finally. But, as SURFER points out, McNamara’s own 2013 wave at Nazaré could break it any day now.
It’s certainly a validation for McNamara, as he admitted: “The Guinness World Records title acts as a kind of ‘seal of legitimacy’ — it makes me very proud and humble all at once.”
We wouldn’t be surprised to see McNamara eventually beat his own record, or someone from this year (or recent years) taking the title away from him in the near future.
However, it might take some time (like this official ruling did), as the waves at Nazaré are not the easiest to judge in size since they don’t break top-to-bottom like most other waves.