Surfer breaks world record for biggest wave ever surfed


"My God, what an honour", he said at the World Surf League's Big Wave Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday night.

Brazilian surfer, Rodrigo Koxa, set a new world record for the biggest wave ever surfed in history.

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Being acknowledged for his accomplishment at the WSL Big Wave Awards is something that carries significant meaning for Koxa, who has had to overcome massive physical and mental setbacks to surf the powerful wave at Nazaré. It was at this same time, Rodrigo earned the title of new world champion. "Few other sports that have been practiced for centuries have seen the dramatic progress that big wave surfing has gone through in the last 25 years, where wave heights being ridden have almost doubled", Cloe Kojima, World Surf League spokeswoman, told ABC News. Now, I'm just so happy and this is the best day of my life.

Koxa surfed an 80-foot monster wave in the waters off Nazare, one of the country's most popular seaside resorts, on November 8.

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

The swell that Koxa charged down was two feet higher than the 78-foot wave that Garrett McNamara, the previous record holder, rode at the same break in 2011.

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