Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Surfer breaks Guinness record by riding 80-foot wave

Rodrigo Koxa with his Quiksilver award Surfer breaks Guinness record by riding 80-foot wave
Patty Aguilar | 03 May, 2018, 16:03

Surfers may have a reputation for being chill people, but big-wave surfing is one of the most unsafe sports on the planet.

"Not only did Koxa win this year's honour, but he now holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave surfed". "Experts can measure a wave from trough to crest by comparing it with the size of the people surfing it", explains National Geographic.

Last weekend, the WSL Big Wave Awards took place at the Red Bull Headquarters in Santa Monica, and while none of our local surfers came away with a prize, Portugal's Rodrigo Koxa not only won the Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave award, but was also graced with a Guinness World Record.

Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa rides a world record 80 feet (24.38m) wave at Naraze, Portugal, on November 8.

USA surfer Pete Cabrinha set the previous record in 2014, when he surfed a 70-foot wave on the North Shore of Maui, Hawaii.

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So how are these waves measured?

If you hung around the West Coast this winter, you might be scratching your head, wondering, "What big-wave season?" "And then, bingo - you'se got a reasonably accurate measurement on a monster wave".

The waves of Praia do Norte, where Koxa achieved his record feat, are famous for being among the largest in the world.

"For months later, I had bad dreams, I didn't travel, I got scared, and my wife helped me psychologically", he said.

"The award goes to the surfer who, by any means available, catches the biggest wave of the year", the WSL said in a statement.

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