Apparently born without a sense of fear, Garrett McNamara just broke the world record for Largest Wave Surfed by successfully navigating this 27m wall of watery death. The previous record (23m) was set by Mike Parsons in 2008. Sorry Mike.
Can we just take a moment and marvel at the fact that we have gear that can actually record this kind of insane deed — and easily! Those shots from the nose of the surfboard would have been a pipe dream just 10 years ago, and now they're practically expected. Guessing McNamara used a GoPro, but if you have any better info, let us know in the gnarly comments, brah. [Nick Bilton]