When the surfing plumber, Andy Cotton rode the giant swell that crashed into the Portuguese break of Nazare earlier this month the whole world buzzed with excitement over what is thought to be the biggest wave ever ridden. During that same session Garrett McNamara was also out there getting stuck in and was riding a new board that had been shaped by Mercedes, but this was somewhat overshadowed by Andrews monstrous ride.
Mercedes shaped four boards for G-Mac to add to his quiver and it wasn’t a matter of simply carving a sleek looking board out of a blank, some serious research and development went into these innovative wave riding vehicles. The boards are known as the Silver Arrow of the Sea and the whole idea behind them is to push boundaries.
Working hand in hand with the boffins at Mercedes, Garrett now has a board that is rigid through the middle with enough flex at the nose to ride the chop often seen on huge waves and is perfect for slaughtering Atlantic giants. If you are going to let a precision company such as Mercedes tweak your boards, you may as well slip in a few “nice to haves” and that is exactly what Garrett has done.
The Silver Arrow has been fitted with technology that can track G-Macs speed, and in the video released by Mercedes below you will see that in the initial trials at Nazare, Garret hit nearly 63 kilometres per hour! Now that is pretty impressive, but somehow I have a feeling it is only the beginning, Garrett is going to take big wave surfing supersonic!