This Man Just Broke the World Record for Surfing the Highest Wave Ever

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Photo credit: Sebastian Steudtner
Photo credit: Sebastian Steudtner

A German surfer has just received a Guinness World Record for the highest wave ever surfed. Sebastian Steudtner surfed a wave of 86 feet (26.21 meters), surpassing the previous world record of 80 feet, and making history in the male category.

You can watch the mind-blowing footage of Steudtner's attempt above.

"I'm really proud of this achievement and of my whole team's performance," Steutdner wrote in a celebratory post on Instagram. "It was my dream since I was a kid to become a surfer and I've always stayed true to that... I hope my journey and this world record will inspire lots of others to chase their dreams as well!"

Steudtner made the momentous attempt on 29 October 2020, off the coast of Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal, at a meet held by the World Surf League. However, his achievement has only just been ratified and made fully official by the Guinness Book of World Records, and Steudtner was presented with his award in a special ceremony at the lighthouse in Praia do Norte overlooking the water where he made history.

"It feels amazing," Steudtner told Guinness World Records. "I have achieved everything there is in my sport. It has been a crazy journey to get here and the record is much more than just a number... It's a year long very physical training, working on my equipment together with my partners and improving processes with my team, especially safety and media wise."

Photo credit: Sebastian Steudtner
Photo credit: Sebastian Steudtner

Praia do Norte, known for its waves, was also the site of Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira's record-breaking achievement in 2020. Gabeira, who was Steudtner's training partner while he was preparing for his own event, secured a world record for the highest wave surfed in the female category with a height of 73.5 feet (22.4 meters) during the inaugural Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge, beating her own previous threshold of 68 feet.

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