The wave surfed on October 29, 2020 by António Laureano, at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, was 30.9 meters, according to the measurement by Miguel Moreira, from the Faculty of Human Motricity (FMH), presented today.
In light of this calculation, the 18-year-old Portuguese big rider believes that this wave will earn him the record in the Guinness Book, which, since 2017, has been in the possession of Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa, who, also on the Nazarene beach, faced a 24.4 meter ‘giant’.
FMH professor at the University of Lisbon Miguel Moreira, responsible for measuring the wave, said today that “the value of 30.9 meters” was found, a measure that, compared with the measurements that were made to other surfers, “is, of in fact, the highest value ”.
The mediation was done through a computer program in which “the ‘crest’ of the wave is marked, which is the highest point and its base”, and its size was evaluated, having the height of the surfer as a “scale reference” .
For this, the ‘frame’ was identified in the images available in which the “huge and dynamic body of water had the highest height”, explained the professor.
“I am very confident that I will have surfed the biggest wave in the world”, affirmed António Laureano, after confirming the measure of the wave, which he intends to “apply for Guinness World Records.
At a press conference held at Forte de São Miguel, in Praia do Norte, the surfer also stated that the wave has already been submitted to the XXL awards of the World Surf League (WSL), which annually awards the biggest waves and “ then define the waves that go to Guinness ”.
On October 29, 2020, at the opening of the big wave season in Nazaré, ‘Tony’ Laureano surfed in ‘tow in’ (pulled by jet skis) the wave that may be worth his record, after, “before the session , relaxed ”having heard“ a little voice inside that told me that I was going to catch one of the biggest waves in the world ”.
“And I got it,” said the young ‘big rider’, son of veteran Ramon Laureano, who was on the jet ski on the day of the adventure.
António Laureano, currently attending 12th grade, has won several awards, such as the Revelation Prize Gigantes da Nazaré or the biggest wave in the EDP Mar Sem Fim stroke.