World Record Big Wave Surfer Garrett McNamara -- I Have Superhuman Underwater Survival Abilities
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1/30/2012 4:30 AM PT
He 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."