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World Record Big Wave Surfer

I Have Superhuman

Underwater Survival Abilities

1/30/2012 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0127_garrett_mcnamara_exHe already holds the world record for surfing the biggest wave on the planet at 90 feet (below) -- but pro surfer Garrett McNamara still thinks he can shatter it ... with his incredible customized oxygen-enhanced wetsuit.

Garrett tells TMZ, the suit was enhanced with a special oxygen pocket developed by Camelback -- the water canteen company -- designed to hold a small oxygen reserve in the suit's lining, allowing McNamara to breathe oxygen underwater through a straw.



According to Garrett, the suit would give him several extra minutes of survival in case a massive wave buries him below the surface -- and in those situations, minutes can save a life.

McNamara tells us, he's currently looking to break his 90-foot wave record with the new suit -- hunting down a 120-footer in Nazare, Portugal ... where the biggest waves in the world break.

McNamara says he uses military-grade wave-tracking technology to follow the swells -- the same tech used by the Navy.

He even has a private jet at his disposal -- to make the 5-hour flight from Miami to Nazare at a moment's notice.

We asked McNamara how he knows he'll survive -- he simply replied, "I don't."

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burt    

he looks like the punisher

809 days ago
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Penelope    

where was this 90 foot wave? it looks terrifying.

809 days ago
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Sin D    

I can do that...the clicking on the video player part

808 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

did someone measure the wave with a tape measure?if not how do they know it was 90 ft?

808 days ago
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Billy Dora    

Not Biggest ever... Biggest PR job ever! Snip @ Cortes Banks is the king

808 days ago
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lisa    

Chuck Norris eats cereal with Garrett's face on the box.

808 days ago
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awards    

How does the suit let him get under the waves? It must be at least buoyant neutral or he will be a collection of tiny meat balls if he reaches shore at all!

808 days ago
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cindy    

His feet must be glued to that surf board. lol.

808 days ago
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EarthAngel    

If I was a wave and saw that glare.....I'd flatten out in a heartbeat!!

808 days ago
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patty    

that was incredible!

808 days ago
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RD    

How does having a suit that lets him breathe under water make him superhuman. If that's the case, all scuba divers are superhuman.

808 days ago
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royalredus    

I thought that was Henry Rollins!

808 days ago
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Jbwx2    

He obviously doesn't know much about diving...you don't have oxygen in tanks. He's all talk!

808 days ago
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Private Jet    

A private jet aviation company provides all features like, air travel, restaurant, hospitality, road transport etc in a single umbrella. So you can be away from hassle and make your travel so easily. http://www.247jet.com/

808 days ago
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kira    

"It isn't tragic to die doing something you love" -Point Break

808 days ago
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