Mark Visser applauds fellow monster wave rider
SUNSHINE Coast big wave surfer Mark Visser has applauded fellow thrillseeker Garrett McNamara after he took on monster swells reported to be 30m - 100ft - off the coast at Nazare, Portugal.
The wave, if proven to be 30m, will set a new world record for the biggest wave ever ridden, smashing McNamara's previous 23.8m record.
Visser, who has spent time with the US surfer, said the 45-year-old would be ecstatic with his record-setting ride.
"I know Gareth loves big waves and he'd be frothing on his ride and be super amped with everything," he said.
"To be riding waves like that at 45 is a massive achievement."
Accurately measuring swells by a photo can be subjective, making it difficult to know the exact size of the wave McNamara was riding.
With only brief snippets of footage currently available, the size of the wave will be confirmed on film.
"Photos only give you one angle, but footage allows you to look at the other waves as well," he said.
"The wave looks massive in the photo," he said. "If it is 100 foot it would be awesome and I'd be very stoked for him."
Visser said scientists can accurately determine swell size through a "blue reading," which measures the waves at 18 seconds for each 20 feet.
With such technology rarely used by surfers, Visser said that a lot of the time calculating wave size was a matter of opinion.
"No one can really say if it is or isn't 100 foot and that's the case most of the time," Visser said.
"The biggest wave I've surfed is around the 70-foot mark, but again, it's so subjective," he said.
Visser heads to the US next week to film the final stages of his adventure surfing series 9 Lives, due to be released this year.