LISBON, Portugal – A wave surfer from Germany broke the Guinness World Records when he surfed over 26 meters high in a ‘dare to die’ stunt off the coast of Portugal, news agency United Press International (UPI) reported yesterday.
Sebastian Steudtner, 36, surfed the giant waves off the coast of Praia do Norte, the city of Nazare in October 2020.
“I think it’s amazing. I have achieved everything I wanted in sports.
“It’s been a‘ crazy ’journey to get to this point and this record is more than just numbers,” Steudtner said at his achievement recognition ceremony held last Tuesday.
Steudtner has won the World Surfing League’s Biggest Wave Award three times in 2010, 2015 and 2021.
Guinness states, wave measurement is a long and difficult process involving the work of obtaining screenshots from video recordings of Steudtner’s action and using other objects in the screenshots including the surfer’s own body as a reference point to determine water altitude.
He has broken the record of Brazilian skater Rodrigo Koxa created in 2017 at the same location. Koxa is expected to return to the location in a bid to break his own record.