Meet the surfer who rode a wave as high as an 8-story building

Santa Monica, CA - Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa scooped the big prize at the Big Wave Awards in Santa Monica Calif. Saturday as he won the XXL Biggest Wave Award for the largest wave ever surfed.

Koxa achieved the feat in Nazare, Portugal, on Nov. 8, 2017, as he broke the world record for riding a wave of 80 feet, overtaking the previous record of 78 feet set by Garrett McNamara in 2011.

Koxa's compatriot Lucas Chianca was awarded the Best Men's Overall Performance trophy, the 22-year-old won the Nazare Challenge earlier this year.

Maui's Ian Walsh won Ride of the Year and Barrel of the Year for an epic wave he caught at Peahi in October. He said that every bit of good and bad in surfing that he's ever experienced all went into that single moment.

Aaron Gold, from Haleiwa, won for biggest paddle wave. He was actually nominated twice for back to back days in January at Peahi.

Surfline says this year's wave was measured at 55 feet.

In 2016, he set the record for the biggest paddle-in wave of all time. That one was 63 feet. You might remember that same year, he was brought back to life with CPR after a really bad wipeout at Cloudbreak.       

The Best Women's Overall Performance went to Maui surfer Paige Alms for the third time in her career. Alms defended her Big Wave Tour crown after winning the Pe'ahi Challenge this year.

As Alms accepted the award she said, "Thank you. Thank you to my Mum, Sean, and all of my friends at home in Maui. I'm bringing this home for you guys. Thanks."

Britain's Andrew Cotton won the Wipeout of the Year award after his horror fall in Nazare, Portugal, on November 8, 2017. Cotton wasn't present to pick up his award as he is still recovering from the broken vertebrae that he suffered in that wipeout.

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