Hawaiian surfer confirmed as rider of tallest wave

International surfing officials and the Guinness Book of World records have officially confirmed a giant wave caught by a U.S. surfer off the coast of Portugal last November was the biggest wave ever ridden.

The officials have awarded Hawaiian surfer Garret McNamara the Billabong Global Big Wave Awards prize after reviewing the feat — riding a wave that measured 23.7 meters (77.76 feet) high.

The height of McNamara’s wave was decided by a panel of big wave surfing and photography experts who analyzed and measured the photographs and video images of his ride.

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