Rodrigo Koxa may have ridden the biggest wave of all time

November 22, 2017 | Surfing
Rodrigo Koxa: is this the biggest wave ever ridden? | Photo: WSL

If it's not the biggest, it is undoubtedly one of the biggest waves ever ridden.

Brazilian big wave rider Rodrigo Koxa caught a bomb at Nazaré that might very well beat Garrett McNamara's 2011 world record wave.

Like many others rides in Nazaré, Koxa's wave was filmed from an elevated camera position. As a result, it is always hard to figure out where exactly is the bottom of the wave, and how big it is.

But size matters, and you can't deny that this is one of the most intense moments ever witnessed at the Portuguese big wave surf break. The 38-year-old surfer says he will never forget the November 8 ride at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré.

"I believe that the greatest wave I ever surfed in my life. What a day! I waited and wished for this wave so much that I can only express gratitude. This is a magical place, and I love it," said Rodrigo Koxa.

The athlete from Sao Paulo was towed into the liquid beast by the Portuguese Sérgio Cosme. Koxa was able to descend two-thirds of the wave before being forced to short cut it toward the shoulder.

The stunt earned him a "Ride of the Year" entry for the 2018 World Surf League Big Wave Awards. If Koxa wins his division, the Guinness World Records will analyze the feat and determine whether it overcomes the previous mark.

On November 1, 2011, Garrett McNamara set a new Guinness World Record for the biggest wave ever ridden. The wave caught and surfed at Praia do Norte measured 78 feet (23,7 meters).

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