British surfer Tom Butler has potentially broken the world record for surfing by riding a mammoth wave of over 100 ft tall at Nazare in Portugal. The current world record stands at 80 ft, which was set by Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa at the same location in Portugal.
If his claims are true, Butler will have to wait till WSL Big Wave Awards in April 2019 for the official confirmation of the world record. He will first have to submit photographic evidence of him breaking the record to the World Surfing League.
British tabloid Daily Mail has released a video of Butler riding the massive wave in Portugal:
Butler was asked about his experience riding the massive wave by reporters and he described it as ‘running away from a raging bull’. Butler said as quoted by The Independent, “It’s hard to say exactly how big it was, I’d say it was 20 times my height and I’m 6ft2. You don’t really see it behind you because you’re so concentrated on what’s ahead of you. It’s like running from a raging bull, you don’t stop to think about how much it weighs – if you get eye contact then you’ve already failed. I reckon it was maybe 90 ft or even 100 ft. I haven’t had a ruler handy while in Portugal but when I get home I’ll try to figure it out. It was a monster, I know that for sure. But many photo journalists who cover the sport here on a regular basis believe my wave surfed on Friday could be taller than the previous world record wave.”