This man broke the world record for surfing the highest wave of all time

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A German surfer has just received a Guinness World Record for the highest wave ever surfed. Sebastian Steudtner rode an 86ft (26.21m) wave, breaking the previous world record of 80ft, and making history in the men’s category.

You can watch the stunning footage of Steudtner’s attempt above.

“I’m really proud of this achievement and the performance of my entire team,” Steutdner wrote in a celebratory post on Instagram. “It was my dream since I was a child to become a surfer and I have always stayed true to that…I hope my journey and this world record will inspire many others to pursue their dreams too!”

Steudtner made the momentous attempt on October 29, 2020, off Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal, in a meet organized 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 received his award in a special ceremony at the Praia do Norte lighthouse overlooking the water where he scored the story.

“It’s amazing,” Steudtner said Guinness World Records. “I’ve accomplished everything in my sport. It’s been a crazy journey to get here and the record is so much more than just a number… It’s been a year of very physical training, working on my equipment with my partners and improving processes with my team, especially around security and media.”

Sebastien 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 sparring partner as he prepared for his own event, achieved a world record for the highest wave surfed. in the women’s category with a height of 73.5 feet (22.4 meters) in the inaugural Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge, beating her own previous threshold of 68 feet.

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