Mercedes creates surfboard for legendary big wave slayer Garrett McNamara
Hawaiian Garrett McNamara – or G-Mac if you are on friendly terms – is among the world's elite surfers, famed for riding the biggest wave recorded in 2011 when he well and truly butchered an 80ft monster wave in Nazare, off the coast of Portugal.
The partnership with a German automotive manufacturer may seem strange but the company's Design Centre in Sindelfingen used computer-aided design technology, space-age materials and extensive wind tunnel testing to create a set of boards that are not only tailor-made to the Garrett's height and weight but also specifically suited to sliding down gigantic waves.
Against the backdrop of the lighthouse at Nazare in Portugal, Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG, handed over four surfboards to Garrett McNamara.
He quickly put them to good use, being towed in to mountainous lumps of water by a jet ski on the new creations.
Mercedes technicians watching the amazing display of courage and skill clocked McNamara at speeds of nearly 40mph as he raced down the choppy face of Portugal's most famous wave.
Watch the video below