Some reports are calling this the 100-foot wave, but by now seasoned big wave watchers should know better than to jump to breathless conclusions. Still, by any measure, the monster that current world record holder Garrett McNamara snagged yesterday is a beast that could very well stand up to official scrutiny. G-Mac towed into the bomb at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal, a swell generated by an Atlantic storm swirling around an incredibly low pressure of 920 millibars. Hurriance Sandy, by contrast, was in the 940s.
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