Rodrigo Koxa Set Guinness World Record by Surfing 80-Foot Wave Captured on Video

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2018

In this photo taken Nov. 8 2017, Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa rides what has been judged the biggest wave ever surfed, at the Praia do Norte, or North beach, in Nazare, Portugal. On Saturday, April 28 2018, the World Surf League credited Koxa with a world record for riding the biggest wave ever surfed and said that its judging panel determined the wave was 80 feet (24.38 meters). (AP Photo/Pedro Cruz)
Pedro Cruz/Associated Press

Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa has been crowned with the honour of riding the biggest wave ever.    

According to the Associated Press (via ESPN), the World Surf League confirmed on Saturday that its judges measured the wave Koxa rode on Nov. 8 in Nazare, Portugal, at 80 feet in height. He bettered American Garrett McNamara's 2011 record by two feet. 

Per the AP's report, the World Surf League made the announcement at the Big Wave Awards in Santa Monica, California, and it said: "Not only did Koxa win this year's honor [for biggest wave], but he now holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave surfed."

SURFSlab provided a stunning image of the record-breaking wave:


Congratulations Rodrigo Coxa, winner of the XXL Biggest Wave Award Photo: @rfarinox #surf #gobigorgohome #bigwaves #bigmama #surfing #BigWaveAwards #surfers #wsl https://t.co/z64SMUYt4i

Koxa said the award was "a dream come true."     

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