Haleiwa, Hawaii – Garrett McNamara, ocean explorer and Guinness World Record holder, will be featured in a segment on NBC's 'Dateline' Sunday, July 22, starting at 7 p.m. EST. The segment will feature rare footage of in-depth interviews with McNamara and his girlfriend, Nicole Macias, who speak the truth about the legendary day he caught the record-breaking 78-foot wave.
"I knew if I made any mistake it could be my last," said McNamara, describing his thoughts of being towed into the monstrous wave. McNamara provides details into the evolution of tow-surfing as well as his routine to mentally and physically prepare for catching big waves. This one was no different. He began to hyperventilate in order to to oxygenate his blood, and then calmed himself down to decrease his heart rate. He alludes to how his positive energy and positive thoughts throughout the ride helped him come out on the end. After re-surfacing from the wave, McNamara said he didn't get the rush that he wanted. He wanted his partner to tow him deeper into the next wave.
"A lot of people think I'm crazy. I think everyone is comfortable in different situations. I'm very comfortable in the ocean. I feel like I belong there and know what I'm doing and have a plan of what I'm doing when it's big," said McNamara. Macias is also featured catching a big wave in the same spot McNamara caught his world record wave. She explains her hesitation to let go of the tow-line, which caused her to wipeout and be thrown like a rag-doll on the top of the ocean wall. McNamara and Macias describe the rescue needed to ensure Macias' safety to shore. McNamara is still hungry for more and alludes to how he has found another spot with even larger waves that he will be riding soon.