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Surfer survives spectacular wipeout after hitting giant wave

A professional surfer who hit the water three times in a spectacular wipeout has reassured fans he is OK.

Garrett McNamara suffered a horrific fall as he tackled a 50-foot wave at Mavericks, a popular surfing spot in California, which was caught on camera.

The 48-year-old was filmed falling off his surfboard and hitting the water three times before being swallowed up by the giant wave.

Surfer Garrett McNamara posted a picture with Frank Quirarte (top right), who helped rescue him after his wipeout.Garrett McNamara via Instagram

Surfer Garrett McNamara posted a picture with Frank Quirarte (top right), who helped rescue him after his wipeout.

Now, the famous big-wave surfer has revealed he has had successful surgery at San Mateo General Hospital for shoulder reconstruction and a broken left arm.

“I hit so hard, it was just like a big, bright light,” McNamara told ABC News.

“It was definitely one of the craziest wipeouts I’ve ever had.”

McNamara is expected to be out of action for at least six months, but remains in good spirits and thanked fans on Facebook for their support.

“A million thank yous for everyone who has been sending positive vibes,” he wrote.

“Everything went well and is put back together and doctors expect a 110% recovery. Love you all and will see you in the water soon!!”

McNamara also shared a picture with his young son, a hospital nurse and Frank Quirarte, who helped pull the surfer to safety after the accident via jet-ski.

McNamara wiped out while trying to surf a 50-foot wave at Mavericks in Calif. on Jan. 7. KTVU via YouTube

McNamara wiped out while trying to surf a 50-foot wave at Mavericks in Calif. on Jan. 7.

Enlarge After his wipeout, McNamara had to have surgery for on his shoulder and arm. KTVU via YouTube

After his wipeout, McNamara had to have surgery for on his shoulder and arm.

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McNamara wiped out while trying to surf a 50-foot wave at Mavericks in Calif. on Jan. 7.

McNamara hit the headlines in November 2011 when he set the world record holder for largest wave ever surfed, measuring 78-feet at a spot off the coast of Nazare, Portugal.

And despite the wipeout, McNamara insisted he would be back on the water as soon as possible.

“Surfing is my life. It’s my passion,” he added.

“It’s what I love to do and I’ll never stop surfing.”

lhanna@nydailynews.com

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