British surfer Tom Butler surfed a wave believed to be 100 feet tall, 20 feet taller than the current world record. 

By Dan Gartland
December 18, 2018

This might be the biggest wave ever surfed

There’s a Portuguese fishing village called Nazaré where a submarine canyon causes waves to swell to the size of large buildings. The locals never dared to take surfboards out into the deadly water but an American named Garrett McNamara couldn’t resist the pull of reliable monster waves. In 2011, he set a world record by riding a wave that measured at 78 feet. The mark stood for seven years, until Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa surfed a wave that was officially measured at 80 feet.

British surfer Tom Butler appears to have blown that record out of the water. Butler rode a wave on Friday that is being touted as 100 feet tall, 20 feet higher than Koxa’s record ride. 

“When I was going down I thought, ‘holy f---, this is the fastest I’ve ever been,’” Butler told Cornwall Live. “Time kind of slows down, it’s instinct really. I was doing everything to hold my balance.”

The tricky part now is verifying the size of the wave. McNamara surfed a wave in 2013 that was believed to be 100 feet high, but it could not be confirmed. If the height of Butler’s wave can be verified, he’ll take home the biggest wave award at the World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards in April. 

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