Garrett McNamara

Professional Big Wave Surfer

Garrett McNamara is an American professional big wave surfer and extreme waterman known for breaking the world record for largest wave ever surfed at Nazaré, Portugal, surviving a monstrous wave at Jaws, and riding tsunami from calving glaciers in Alaska.

In Berkeley, McNamara, and his younger brother Liam McNamara, were both known by friends to be rather fearless and to shrug off the pains of rough childhood play, foreshadowing his later ability to face danger while surfing. McNamara moved to the North Shore of Hawaii in 1978. At eleven years old, McNamara followed his younger brother’s footsteps and began surfing at Sunset, Waimea and the outer reefs in search of giant swells.

He entered and placed in the prestigious Hawaiian Triple Crown Series at seventeen and began to gain major sponsors from major Japanese brands. For the next ten years, both brothers joined the competition circuit, traveling and becoming fluent in Japanese.

To book Garrett McNamara the Motivational Speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Garrett is known to cover the following topics:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity