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Gravity-Defying Surfer Goes Down In History After Riding A World Record Wave


Surfing is a dangerous yet invigorating sport. The thrill of defying all laws of gravity cannot be beaten. That’s why Rodrigo “Koxa” began surfing when he was only nine years old. The beaches of Brazil provided a haven and an outlet for the young boy. There was no way he could have known that he would end up beating the world record for the largest wave surfed by two feet.

The Man

Rodrigo “Koxa” Augusto do Espírito Santo is a 38-year-old Brazilian surfer who specializes in big waves. One of the largest he has ever surfed was located in Chile. This was the one that helped him break the record for the largest wave surfed in South America in 2010.

Helio Antônio

This monster wall of water was a whopping 60 ft tall! After the thrill of riding such a huge swell wore off, Koxa decided he wanted to do it again. This time, though, he would break the world record.

The Myth

On November 8, 2017, Koxa paddled out into the deep waters of Nazaré in Portugal. He sat patiently while he waited for the perfect wave to arrive. When it finally did, he nailed the mount and completed the ride without wiping out.

Surfer Today

Koxa is lucky that his attempt worked out in his favor. Surfing can be an extremely dangerous sport, and a world record-sized wave only amplifies the risk involved. In fact, the surfer that was presented with the Best Wipeout Award this year couldn’t even be there to receive it because of the injuries he had received.

The Legend

The video of Koxa riding his 80 ft wave eventually went viral. The gravity-defying stunt that he pulled off stunned viewers everywhere. However, Koxa was after more than his 15 minutes of fame when he defied death last year.

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He wanted to beat a world record and he did. His wave is now the largest one ever surfed. Unfortunately, he did have to wait several months until officials confirmed his record at the 2018 World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards in California. Check out the video here.

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