Garrett McNamara is an international big wave explorer known for discovering and pioneering the biggest wave in the world at Nazaré, Portugal. He is the 8-times Guinness World Record holder for the most massive wave ever surfed and part of the only team to have ever surfed waves generated by a giant calving glacier in Alaska. This experience was registered in the documentary The Glacier Project, directed by Ryan Casey and shot in 2007. The project had a significant impact on him, and when witnessing the melting of the glaciers, McNamara felt an urgent will to act. Since then, he has been developing projects for the protection of the oceans.
Garrett McNamara is on a mission to spark ‘warriors of change’. Living by his personal motto “everything is possible” he wants to be an example of plastic pollution reduction on the planet and to give back to underprivileged youth through surfing.
McNamara is the only foreigner to have ever received the Vasco de Gama Medal of Honor from the Portuguese Navy for his contribution to Portugal.