How did this surfer not die?
A Brazilian surfer has set a new world record by riding a mammoth wave — the biggest ever surfed, according to the World Surf League.
Incredible footage shows surfer Rodrigo Koxa conquering the jaw-dropping, 80-foot wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal, on Nov. 8.
Koxa was officially honored for his monster surf accomplishment Saturday at the World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards in Los Angeles.
The World Surf League said the coveted Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave Award “goes to the surfer who, by any means available, catches the biggest wave of the year.”
Not only did Koxa bring home top honors from the awards ceremony, he now holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave ever surfed.
“I try to surf big waves all my life and I had a huge experience in 2014 where I almost died at Nazaré,” Koxa said in a statement.
“Four months later, I had bad dreams, I didn’t travel, I got scared, and my wife helped me psychologically. Now, I’m just so happy and this is the best day of my life. Thank you to [World Surf League], it’s a dream come true,” Koxa said.
Koxa’s feat overtakes the previous world record holder — Massachusetts native Garett McNamara, who surfed a 78-foot wave in 2011 at the same location.
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