On November 8, 2017, Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa towed into an 80-foot monster of a wave at Nazaré, Portugal.
On Saturday, Koxa received an award recognising that he caught the biggest wave of the year. It does, however, provide some valuable perspective for just how insane this wave was.
"Waves slow down as they hit shore", he said.An 80-foot wave "moves through the water at 25 miles an hour and you can't paddle that fast". But the high reward isn't without its obvious risks.
In other awards, United Kingdom surfer Andrew Cotton was honored with the best wipeout of the year after a horrifying tumble that broke his back at Nazare in November.
BC-EU-Portugal-Biggest Wave, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 15280-foot wave in Portugal gives Brazilian surfer world recordAP Photo XAF102, XAF101Eds: Corrects spelling of town to Nazare. Now, I'm just so happy, and this is the best day of my life. Alms has historically been an advocate for female surfers to compete in a category that's largely male dominated.