Surfer Rodrigo Koxa Breaks Record Of Biggest Wave Surfed With 80-Foot Wave
Surfer Rodrigo Koxa risked his life riding a massive 80-foot wave to break the record for biggest wave surfed
We’ve seen some footage of guys and girls riding some pretty big waves before but nothing like what we saw earlier this week. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa broke the record off the coast of Nazaré in Portugal late last year, riding a gigantic 80-foot wave. Seriously, just take a look at the video below – Koxa is seemingly lost in the behemoth of a wave, zipping along right in front of the break. The surfer makes Johnny Tsunami and Vin Diesel’s XXX look like child’s play.
Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa broke the world record for the highest wave ever surfed, during a session in Nazare, Portugal, according to the World Surf League. The São Paulo native set the new record riding an 80-foot (24,38m) wave in November 2017 https://t.co/lMUkJm8bBl pic.twitter.com/PYL7qscNd6— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) August 12, 2018
So how did this swell get so big and why did it happen to take place in Portugal? Sharon Gilman, a biological oceanographer at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina wrote on her website that wind-driven waves (the type of wave that Koxa rode) are some of the hardest types of waves to predict.
"There are waves of all sizes and shapes rolling into the beach at any given time," Gilman wrote. "If they’re not stopped by anything, waves can travel across entire ocean basins … so the waves at your beach might be from a storm half a world away."
Koxa’s Guinness World Record-breaking wave, of course, trumps the previous record set by American surfer Garrett McNamara, who rode out a 78-foot wave back in 2011. This wave is so big that we just can’t seem to keep watching Koxa ride it again and again.
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