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Laura Enever breaks women’s record for biggest paddle-in wave surfed

The Australian surfer, Laura Enever, has broken the world record for the largest wave ever paddled into by a woman, after the World Surf League and the Guinness World Records verified a 13.3m wave she tamed in January.

Waves are measured using video footage, the location of videographers, and objects such as jetskis and the other surfers. That day Enever was second alternate in the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational held on a break closer to the beach, meaning she would only take part if two women were injured.

Instead, she and friend Felicity Palmateer went to the Outer Reef, approximately 1km offshore, where the deep ocean meets the shallower island sea floor.

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Anthony Pedersen says:

Impressive effort, but she never did a bottom turn or top turn. I think even she would agree she didn't complete the task. Great effort though. She will surely complete her goal eventually. 👍

George Rosete says:

I was looking for her at the bottom. Doesn’t she have to ride it out for it to count?

Jacob Lowe says:

She didn’t make a bottom turn so I wouldn’t count it

grey city roller says:

She made the drop in and was in control. It counts

Tanner Black says:

She didn't ride it out, it doesn't count

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