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German Surf Pro Rides ‘115 Foot’ Wave Off Portugal

31st January 2018
Sebastian Steudtner riding the big wave off Nazaré on 18 January Sebastian Steudtner riding the big wave off Nazaré on 18 January Photo: YouTube/Sebastian Steudtner

#Surfing - German big wave surfer Sebastian Steudtner has set an unofficial record for the biggest swell ever surfed.

As the Washington Post reports, Steudtner was filmed a fortnight ago surfing a wall of water off Nazaré in Portugal that’s estimated to be 115 feet.

That’s 37 feet bigger than the monster conquered by Irish-American surf pro Garrett McNamara at the same location in November 2011 (though McNamara is said to have surfed an unverified 100ft wave the following year).

“January has been a busy month for big wave surfers in Europe,” said Steudtner, who was towed out to the swell at Praia do Norte along with fellow extreme surfers Axi Munian, Maya Gabeira and Ross Clarke-Jones.

“While Wednesday the first day of the swell was really windy and hard to surf, Thursday was a day to remember.”

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MacDara Conroy

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