After his record breaking performance in November previous year off the coast of Nazare, Portugal, Coxa was this morning awarded the prize, gleefully accepting his trophy.
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The ride, on November 8, 2017, was deemed to have overtaken Garrett McNamara's record of a 78-foot wave at the same venue in 2011.
Koxa called the honor a "dream come true".
It takes heaps of courage and determination to storm the line of a wave nearly 16 times the height of the average American, or about as high as a seven to eight floor building, but Koxa was fearless when he surfed the towering wave in Portugal last November. You helped me believe that it was possible, and I got the bomb.
"I try to surf big waves all my life, and I had a huge experience in 2014 where I nearly died at Nazaré", Koxa said at the awards ceremony in Santa Monica.
Koxa, 38, had to overcome a significant psychological hurdle to achieve the record after the same wave nearly killed him in 2014. I've never had a big wave like that where I didn't use the rail at all. I turned and I nearly fell, but then I got my feet again and went super fast. "So, first you've got really deep water, and then as it approaches the shore it gets very shallow, and that enables the waves to climb really, really big all of a sudden".
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