Portugal makes waves: Liga MEO Pro Surf and another big wave record?

Portugal keeps rising on the global surfing stage.

In terms of extreme sports, Garrett McNamara has been getting a lot of attention due to his record-breaking big wave surf run back in November. McNamara rode a 90ft (27.4m) wave in Nazare, Portugal, prompting plenty of press, even from mainstream media sources.

Now he wants to tackle a 120ft (36.5m) wave, with the help of a special wet suit equipped with an oxygen pocket that provides a few minutes of breathing time, should he get trapped underwater by the massive waves.

From the Mother Nature Network:

McNamara has his plans all lined up, right down to the military-grade swell-monitoring equipment he’s using as well as the private jet that’s on standby to [whisk] him away to Portugal should conditions prove favorable for ridable 100-foot waves.

In other surfing news, Portugal’s Liga MEO Pro Surf – the country’s main national professional competition league – will now work in direct conjunction with the World Championships. The fact that Liga MEO Pro Surf is now connected with the World Championship’s sponsor, Rip Curl, means that Portugal’s top surfers will have a chance to qualify for the World’s at Liga MEO Pro Surf events.

The first of five Liga MEO Pro Surf events takes place in Ericeira on March 16-18th on Ribeira d’Ilhas beach. Surfers competing in Ericeira will get their chance to qualify for the 8th stage of the World Championships, which takes place in Peniche next October.

Read more (in Portuguese) on diáriodigital.

photo by Francisco Antunes (Flickr CC)

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