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Brazilian Surfer Rodrigo Koxa Handed ‘World Record’ for Riding 80-foot Wave

2018-05-13 08:09
Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa broke the Guinness world record for riding an 80-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal, last November. The previous record was 78-feet, set by American Garrett McNamara. [SOUNDBITE] [[Host of World Surf League, Santa Monica, CA]] “With a wave measure that 80 feet and setting a new Guinness world record. The winner of the 2018 Quiksilver XXL biggest wave award is Rodrigo Koxa.” [SOUNDBITE] [[Rodrigo Koxa, world record holder-Biggest Wave award]] “Yeah....the biggest dream of my life. Thank you. Keep believing in your dreams guys.” Koxa nearly died surfing in 2014, but continued surfing with support from his wife. [CG] [[Rodrigo Koxa, world record holder-Biggest Wave award]] "I try to surf big waves all my life and I had a huge experience in 2014 where I almost died at Nazare. 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." Lucas Chianca won best men’s overall performance. Paige Alms won best women’s overall performance. WORLD SURF LEAGUE via Reuters