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Thursday
Nov102011

Daredevil Surfer Not Fazed by 90-Foot Wave

ABC(NAZARE, Portugal) -- The daredevil surfer who shattered a world record by riding a 90-foot-high wall of water says the monster wave "just popped out of nowhere" but that he was never afraid.

"This wave was very different," Garrett McNamara said. "This one just jacked up, broke, actually kind of barreled, and went to run me over, and somehow by the grace of God, I made it.

"When I rode the wave I didn't know how big it was and then it landed on me at the very end. It was like a ton of bricks on my shoulders and that's when I realized if I had fallen it could have been really bad."

McNamara, 44, of Hawaii, is part of an elite fraternity of extreme surfers who travel the world seeking gigantic waves.

He claimed the record this week while surfing off the coast of Portugal, where an underwater canyon magnifies wave energy, producing eye-popping crests. The record wave's 90-foot height still must be verified through videos and photos to officially eclipse the old "big wave" surfing record of 77 feet.

Two other big-wave enthusiasts with McNamara had just ridden 60-foot waves when the 90-foot crest began forming as McNamara was being towed into position. He released the tow-line and then began the ride of his life.

McNamara described the sensation as like skiing on the steepest, iciest trail on a big mountain "and then all of a sudden this avalanche starts coming after you and you're turning to get away from the avalanche but you're actually staying as close as you can to it."

McNamara's website says that in the past 10 years he has been "on a mission to catch the biggest, best waves on the planet."

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Thursday
Jul282011

Indonesia: Body Found of American Surfer and Teacher

32-year-old Daniel Bobis, went missing in Indonesia after surfing a 10 foot wave. (Courtesy Sean Pearsall)(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- The body of missing American surfer Daniel Bobis has been found in Indonesia.

Local fisherman found the body of the New York teacher who disappeared on Sunday after surfing a 10-foot wave. On the Daniel Bobis Info Facebook page, Jamie Imerese wrote that Bobis' family was informed that a body had been found up the coast by a fisherman.

"They immediately traveled together in hopes that it was a coincidence. ... It was not. They positively identified Danny," Imerese wrote.

Family, friends and students have flooded the Facebook page with condolences messages for the family.

Helicopters, divers and boats had been searching Indonesian waters for Bobis, who disappeared while on a surfing vacation with his wife.

Bobis' surfboard washed ashore after he surfed a 10-foot wave. It is believed another surfer's board hit him when he came out of the wave's barrel.

His wife, Rachel Bobis, believed he would wash up farther down the beach and come back to their camp. When he didn't, she began to worry.

Rachel Bobis and a few others searched for the next 11 hours until rescue teams could reach the remote beach off the coast of West Lampung, Sumatra.

Daniel Bobis, 32, a math teacher at Long Beach High School in New York, had been passionate about surfing ever since he was a child.

On Facebook, Bobis' cousin Fernando Bobis thanked supporters for the comments and wrote about his cousin, "He was always a...glowing spirit while here with us on Earth. I imagine they must all be having to wear some serious shades up in Heaven where his spirit now glows even brighter. Thank you all for your heartfelt support, prayers & love, on behalf of the family."

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Tuesday
Jul262011

American Surfer and Teacher Missing in Waters of Indonesia

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SUMATRA, Indonesia) -- Helicopters, divers and boats are all searching Indonesian waters for an American surfer and teacher who disappeared Sunday while on a surfing vacation with his wife.

Daniel Bobis' surfboard washed ashore after he surfed a 10-foot wave. It is believed another surfer's board hit him when he came out of the wave's barrel.

His wife, Rachel Bobis, believed he would wash up farther down the beach and come back to their camp. When he didn't, she began to worry.

Rachel Bobis and a few others searched for the next 11 hours until rescue teams could reach the remote beach off the coast of West Lampung, Sumatra.

Daniel Bobis, 32, a math teacher at Long Beach High School in New York, has been passionate about surfing ever since he was a child.

"He's surfed countless huge spots all over the world. He's the first in the water, the last out. He'll surf for eight hours straight," said close friend Sean Pearsall, who met Bobis eight years ago while surfing.

Pearsall said his friend is a huge activist in the surfing community and this year established the first high school surf team in New York State, for which he serves as head coach.

Both Bobis and his wife have traveled all over the world looking for waves. "Surfing is their life," Pearsall said. But they were also ready for bigger things. "This was their last big trip, and they were planning on starting a family next year," Pearsall said.

Bobis' father and stepmother are reportedly on their way to Indonesia to help with the search as his family at home prays for his return.

His aunt Carmen Bobis said tearfully that her hope is that her nephew is "somewhere and we can reach him in time." A Facebook page titled "Daniel Bobis Info" has been created by friends and already has more than 3,000 followers.

Bobis' friends have also set up a PayPal account under the name DannyBobis@gmail.com for supporters to donate money to the search efforts.

Candlelight vigils for Bobis will be held Tuesday night in Long Beach, N.Y., and in Orlando, Fla., where Rachel Bobis is from.

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