Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa created a buzz after riding the biggest wave ever last November, judges at an awards show announced.
In a video taken last Nov. 8, 2017, Koxa was recorded to have surfed an 80-foot wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. It is this achievement that allowed Koxa to bag the world record for riding the biggest wave ever surfed.
This particular achievement was honored at the Quiksilver XXL Big Wave Awards last Saturday, April 28, 2018, held in Sta. Monica, California by the World Surf League. Koxa brought home the World Surf League’s Biggest Wave Award and a $25000 prize.
In a statement, the league said: “The award goes to the surfer who, by any means available, catches the biggest wave of the year.”
“Not only did Koxa win this year’s honour, but he now holds the Guinness World Records for the biggest wave surfed.”
In response to the award, Koxa beams that this is a “dream come true.”
Aside from the award granted at that particular awards show, Koxa also now holds the Guinness World Records for the biggest wave ever surfed too.
The previous world record holder was an American, Garrett McNamara. He was recorded to have surfed a 78-foot wave in 2011. However, he has an unverified record of having surfed a 100-foot wave in 2013. The official record has yet to be officially measured. So before his 100-foot wave surfing record is verified Koxa still holds the world record.
Praia do Norte
In both Koxa and McNamara’s records, the two surfers have surfed the waves of the beach Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. The beach is considered to be one of the best surfing spots in the world due to its giant breaking waves.
The breaking waves seen in Praia do Norte are all thanks to the underwater Nazaré Canyon. With the presence of this canyon, there’s constructive interference between incoming swell waves. This interference successfully creates larger waves that’s perfect for surfers to play around with.