[6] Video of McNamara's wipeout went viral, and local surfers have said it was one of the worst wipeouts caught on video.[7]. In his four seasons at Hannan, the Golden Lancers compiled a record of 109-17. McNamara welcomed and craved the challenge to find the biggest waves in the world, which would instantly become his dream and mission in life.

[20], McNamara and Warrick were left to guide the team in the 2003–2004 season after Anthony rode his heralded postseason play into the NBA. [28] Following the game Jim Boeheim unleashed a passionate profanity laced defense of his star player to the attending media. He is the youngest of the four children of Joyce and Gerard McNamara. McNamara went to see doctors in both Syracuse and Buffalo. It's the only noticeable sign that two weeks ago McNamara, the former Syracuse University basketball star and current Orange assistant coach, underwent surgery in Germany to replace three discs in his upper spine. That means the Salvation Army held its first Civic Celebration in 1971, or five years before Jim Boeheim became the head coach of the Syracuse University basketball team. Billabong XXL Awards – Biggest Wave Award [15], McNamara showed early on that he was a clutch performer, nailing a game-winning 3-pointer as then-No. McNamara underwent surgery on Friday, Aug. 31. Syracuse needs to start chasing Boston College. In particular, McNamara learned about Dr. Rudolf Bertagnoli, who had become known as one of the world's leading spine surgeons.

On Aug. 28, McNamara's 29th birthday, he and his wife, Katie, boarded a plane at JFK International Airport and flew to Munich. While he now lives in central New York with his wife, Katie, his high school sweetheart, along with their four children, McNamara is still rooted in … Billabong XXL Awards – Ride of the Year Nominee, Surfed 78 foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal that will later be entered into Guinness World Records, Exploration of Praia do Norte (Nazaré) - Portugal, Billabong XXL Awards – Monster Tube Nominee 1 overall in the 2006 United States Basketball League draft held on April 11, 2006, by the Northeast Pennsylvania Breakers. [3] He then returned to Berkeley, where his mother left him with his birth father; McNamara lived with him for several years until his mother returned with a new domestic partner, who moved the family to the North Shore of Hawaii in 1978. [14], McNamara had offers from schools such as Duke and Florida, but chose to attend Syracuse.

[3] At eleven years old, McNamara followed his younger brother's footsteps and began surfing at Sunset, Waimea and the outer reefs in search of giant swells. In 2007, when the school combined with Bishop O'Hara of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, the new school called Holy Cross High School, was put in the AA class. Boats and personal water craft enabled surfers to chase down and catch giant waves that were thought impossible, beyond the bounds of surfers paddling with their bare hands. On Tuesday, the Salvation Army honored Boeheim and his wife, Juli, for their work with the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. [15] Syracuse lost the game to highly ranked Villanova University; McNamara led all scorers with 29 points.

Garrett ‘GMAC’ McNamara (born August 10, 1967) is an American professional big wave surfer and extreme waterman known for breaking the world record for largest wave ever surfed at Nazaré, Portugal, surviving a monstrous wave at Jaws, and riding tsunami from calving glaciers in Alaska. McNamara had few options. Not in a mean, direct or spiteful way. "Katie and I didn't want to leave the baby for that long." "The nerves weren't firing to the muscles and there was just no elasticity." Syracuse and Duke might not yet be rivals — Duke hates North Carolina and Syracuse fans still hate Georgetown — but last year's two Syracuse-Duke showdowns were two of the most-watched college basketball games of all-time. McNamara first read the poem when SU assistant Mike Hopkins gave him a copy of it. Billabong XXL Awards – Biggest Wave Award, 1st Place Nell Scott Tow Surfing Championships

[42] However, McNamara decided not to sign with the Breakers and instead focus on the upcoming 2006 NBA draft by participating in the annual NBA Pre-Draft Camp. The Orange finished with a 23-12 record. She was the author of the true crime book I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer and helped coin the moniker "Golden State Killer" of the serial killer identified after her death as Joseph James DeAngelo. In November 2011, chasing storms and tracking swells paid off for McNamara as he entered the Guinness World Records. [15], McNamara helped Syracuse win its first Basketball National Championship in 2003. In 2005, Syracuse finished 27-7 and captured the Big East post-season tournament title with a win over West Virginia University. Subscribe to syracuse.com. He was a strong candidate for multi-level ADR.

Bertagnoli had performed over 5,000 artificial disc replacements. The couple left their infant son, Gerry, with both sets of grandparents in Scranton, Pa. In doing so, he gave up a significant amount of money by leaving Olympiakos. After training for a year, McNamara and tow-in partner Rodrigo Resende won the $70,000 purse at the Tow Surfing World Cup in Maui at Jaws in 2002. He entered and placed in the prestigious Hawaiian Triple Crown Series at seventeen and began to gain major sponsors from major Japanese brands. Gerry McNamara was born in Pennsylvania, United States on Sunday, August 28, 1983 (Millennials Generation). [59][60], Syracuse Orangemen basketball 2002–03 NCAA champions, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career 3-point scoring leaders, "McNamara gives up big Greek money to play in NBDL", "Gerry McNamara signs with pro team in Latvia", "Gerry McNamara signs with Reno Bighorns of NBA Development League", "Gerry McNamara will join Syracuse basketball coaching staff", "MEN'S BASKETBALL: Shaun Morris Named Coordinator of Basketball Operations", "Gerry McNamara joins SU basketball team next year", "No. The standard procedure for degenerative disc disease is for the surgeon to fuse two or more of the discs together. In the Sweet 16 McNamara had a game-high 24 points, but Syracuse could not overcome the University of Alabama, 80-71. [10] He also did this off the coast of Nazaré.

A former guard for the Orange, he never missed a start in his career[1] which lasted from 2002 to 2006. [13], Following his senior season, McNamara was named the 2002 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year and a fourth-team Parade Magazine All-American. [8], Bishop Hannan advanced to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A championship game after defeating Susquehanna Community High School of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, in the semi-finals of his freshman year. 20 Gerry McNamara -- Bishop Hannan basketball", "McNamara no tank, but he is helping drive Syracuse", "McNamara's game-winning 3 lifts SU to win over Notre Dame", "Syracuse rookies dominate in OT win at Georgetown", "Syracuse trumps Texas to advance to title game", "McNamara carries Syracuse in first half", "McNamara's 43, man-to-man defense lead SU past BYU", "McNamara drains nine 3s for career-high 43", "Vermont finds a slipper that fits, tops 'Cuse", "McNamara's not overrated — just ask Boeheim", "McNamara keeps 'Cuse alive ... and Boeheim explodes", "Syracuse beats buzzer, keeps NCAA hopes alive", "Gerry buries another clutch trey as Orange oust Huskies", "McNamara magical again as Orange rally to advance to final", "Syracuse knocks off No. The final attendance of 33,633, at that time an all-time NCAA record for an on-campus regular-season game, included more than 3,000 fans—dubbed "McNamara's Band" by the media—from the Scranton area (according to media reports more than 60 buses made the two-hour trip from Scranton to Syracuse for the game). [2] During his early childhood, his mother took the family to Central America, where she was a victim of domestic abuse and occasionally abandoned him and his brother; at one point, a Guatemalan farmer sought to adopt him, but his mother returned and brought the family back to America. Billabong XXL Awards – Performance of the Year Award [6] In 2009, McNamara announced his retirement as a player and returned to Syracuse as a graduate student and assistant coach. Syracuse became the first team to win four games in four days and capture the Big East Tournament Championship.

The following Tuesday, he checked out of the hospital and into a hotel. One doctor thought McNamara might have torn his pectoral muscle, but a tear would have resulted in some pain and McNamara reported none. The surgery was scheduled for the 31st. [52] Coincidentally, he was replaced on the roster by former Michigan State University star Mateen Cleaves with whom he shared minutes on the Bakersfield Jam team the prior season. [58] In addition to taking classes, McNamara joined the basketball team's coaching staff as a graduate manager. McNamara met with Dr. Bertagnoli the day before the surgery. [56][57], On July 22, 2009, it was announced that McNamara would be returning to Syracuse University as a graduate student. Billabong XXL Awards – Golden Donut Award, 1st Place North Shore Tow Surfing Championships, 1st Place Jaws World Cup Expression Session, The following is based on Internet Movie Database data:[16], "Body Glove Welcomes Garrett to the Family", "The Epic Quest to Ride the World's Biggest Wave", "McNamara & Resende Win Tow-In World Cup", "Pro Surfer Garrett McNamara Recounts How He Survived Epic Wipeout", "Mavericks: Garrett McNamara surf wipeout worst ever on video? Despite a sprained ankle he made the team and played in both Las Vegas and Utah summer leagues. McNamara averaged 15.8 points and was named to the First Team All-Big East. [23] McNamara averaged 26.7 points in the three tournament games. McNamara’s national legacy is well known by now. McNamara said he tried to calm himself with this reminder: "You know your boss,'' McNamara told himself. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. His 400 career three-pointers ranked sixth all-time in NCAA history. McNamara finished as Pennsylvania's seventh all-time leading scorer with 2,917 points. McNamara is married to Nicole McNamara (née Macias), an environmental sciences teacher. The Orange held off a furious Kansas comeback, eventually winning the game 81-78 behind the stellar play of freshman star Carmelo Anthony and a game-saving blocked shot by sophomore forward Hakim Warrick. He is 36 years old and is a Virgo. The doll was featured on the Scranton-set television show The Office, placed on the desk of the character of Dwight Schrute. McNamara said that he has a poem on the wall of his office at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center. [29], The next day McNamara hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation to tie number-one ranked University of Connecticut and eventually led Syracuse to an overtime upset. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. He was born in 1980s, in the middle of Millennials Generation, and in the Year of the Pig. [39], McNamara was one of 13 players who accepted invitations to attend the 2005 USA Basketball men's trials and training camp from July 28 – August 4, 2005.