Brazilian surfer rides world record wave in Portugal

Aaron Brown
May 1, 2018

World Surf League judges determined that a wave which the Brazilian surfed at Nazare, Portugal in November 2017 was 80 feet (24.38 metres) high. The new record holder, Rodrigo Koxa, broke the previous record held by Garrett McNamara since 2011 by two feet. His record-breaking feat only became official Saturday, when it was recognized with the Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave Award at a World Surf League ceremony in Los Angeles.

It's been months since he rode it, but a monster wave a Brazilian surfer rode off Portugal has finally been recognized as the biggest wave ever to be surfed.

Koxa calls the award as "a dream come true".

"I had an unbelievable dream the night before". You gotta go straight down.' I didn't really know what it meant.

Koxa apparently had some company on his wave, although the bird flying alongside him wasn't honored.

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The wave looks cartoonishly large, and Koxa is just a speck on it. I turned and I nearly fell, but then I got my feet again and went super fast.

"I got the bomb".

Now imagine there's a giant ocean wave that tall barreling down on you.

"Normally, what happens is that the open-ocean swells, as they approach the coastline, they're going to be slowed down by the ocean bottom as it gets shallower", Micah Sklut, a forecaster with told NPR.

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