38 year-old Rodrigo Koxa from Brazil recently won the WSL Biggest Wave Award at a ceremony in Los Angeles. The wave in question was ridden on November 8, 2017 in Praia do Norte, NazarÃ© Portugal, and is now officially measured at 80 feet, making it a new Guinness World Record for â€œBiggest Wave ever Surfedâ€, beating the previous record of 78 feet held by legendary big wave surfer Garrett McNamara on a wave also ridden in NazarÃ© back in 2011.
This wave was part of a 4 waves monster Set, nicknamed the “Super Setâ€, which came through the shores of NazarÃ© during the famous â€œBig Wednesdayâ€ back in November and was one of the biggest days in recent memory.
These huge waves in NazarÃ© resulted from a heavy Winter Storm in the North Atlantic during the previous week, due to specific characteristics of the ocean floor near NazarÃ©, which has a giant underwater canyon. The wave size gets amplified by a factor of 3 or 5 times when waves reach the shore, resulting in this phenomenon and creating the biggest waves of the planet, right in front of the famous lighthouse.
Koxaâ€™s new world record didnâ€™t come easy. Surfing the biggest waves in the world means enduring the worst wipeouts in the world, and heâ€™s no stranger to the power of NazarÃ©. Four years ago, he almost lost his life there. â€œI try to surf big waves all my life and I had a huge experience in 2014 where I almost died at NazarÃ©,â€ Koxa said. â€œFor months later, I had bad dreams, I didnâ€™t travel, I got scared, and my wife helped me psychologically. Now, Iâ€™m just so happy and this is the best day of my life. Thank you to WSL, itâ€™s a dream come true.â€
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Surfer: Rodrigo Koxa (Brazil)
Location: Praia do Norte, NazarÃ© – Portugal