McNamara, Garrett

Hard-sell big-wave daredevil from the North Shore of Oahu; two-time Billabong XXL Performer of the Year; called "one of the most extreme high-sensation seekers on the planet," by fellow big wave rider Greg Long.

McNamara was born (1967) in Massachusetts, moved with his family to Hawaii at age 12, began surfing shortly thereafter, and was riding the North Shore's heavyweight breaks by 16. After an uneventful competitive career ran out of gas out in the mid-1990s, the anvil-jawed regularfoot ...