garrett mcnamara did. did didn't work out so well. now he's got a heck of a story. here's abc's gio benitez. >> watch a gnarly an wipeout in half moon bay. >> oh. >> reporter: that surfer one of the world's best. garrett mcnamara living to talk about. >> definitely one of the craziest wipeouts i've had. >> reporter: watch closely. he falls off his surfboard and hits the water three times. breaking his arm before being engulfed by that giant wave. >> i hit so hard. it was just like a big bright light. >> reporter: he holds the world record for catching an epic 78-foot wave, the largest ever surfed. but it was in this el nino fueled 50-foot wave that took him down thursday. >> oh, my god. oh. >> reporter: just look. mcnamara is nowhere to be seen and panic sets in. watch as rescuers on jet squeeze race to find him. some are now calling this wipeout one of the worst ever recorded. mcnamara is recovering from surgery but the world champ is already thinking about hitting the waves again. >> surfing is my life. it's my passion. it's what i love to do. and i'll never stop surfing. >> repor
surfer garrett mcnara last week trying to tame an el nino fueled 50-foot high wave in the treacherous mavericks surf break south of san francisco but the wave on tossing and crushing his body like a rag doll, breaking his upper left arm and dislocating his shoulder. friday and posted on facebook recovery. >> 110%. >> that's pretty good odds, huh? >> he is by the way from hawaii. so he's well used to like these big, big waves but that little area south of san francisco is well-known for being a dangerous area to wipeout. >> experts only apply. >> yes, , solutely. >>> coming up in "the skinny," the best awards, best fashion and best jokes from the golden globes. >> the billion dollar dreams as america plays the werball. the record jackpot, ygur chances of winning and important advice if you do. >> and the sce on a chilly new york subway going viral showing an act of amazing kindness. >> after a look at today's forecast maps, snowy around the great lakes. what about your favorite state? >> florida. >> florida? >> florida. >> you can't go wrong with florida. >> announcer: "worldldews now"
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