On Saturday, April 28, the World Surf League held their annual Big Wave Awards. The event took place in Santa Monica, California.
At the event, the judges revealed some exciting news- the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed has been broken! They revealed that a Brazilian surfer, Rodrigo Koxa, had surfed a wave in Naraze, Portugal that beat the previous record.
Koxa rode the record-setting wave on November 8. Now, after several months, the judges of the Big Wave Awards have determined that the height of the wave that he surfed was 80 feet.
This beats out the previous record of a 78-foot wave. That wave was surfed by Garrett McNamara all the way back in 2011 and was at the same beach that the new record-holder surfed at.
The judges said that they award “the surfer who, by any means available, catches the biggest wave of the year.” They continued, “Not only did Koxa win this year’s honor, but he now holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave surfed.”
Below is the wild footage of the monstrous, 80-foot wave.
Not only did Koxa set the world-record, he also won the Quicksilver XXL Biggest Wave Award with a grand prize of $25,000.
Koxa described the huge honor as a “dream come true.”
What do you think about this? Have you ever even seen an 80-foot wave?! Let us know your thoughts! In other recent news, an actress and former “Most Beautiful Girl in the World” just passed away suddenly at 52.