Australian surfer Laura Enever has achieved a remarkable feat by paddling into the largest wave ever surfed by a woman. This record-setting wave, reaching a towering height of 43.6 feet (13.3 meters), was conquered at a surf spot known as the Himalayas in Oahu, Hawaii. Enever’s accomplishment breaks the previous seven-year record by a foot.
Enever’s journey in surfing began in her hometown of Narrabeen, Sydney, where she started competing at age 11 and later spent seven years on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour. Her transition to big wave surfing marks a significant shift in her career, focusing on the challenge and thrill of surfing larger swells.
The Guinness World Records officially acknowledged Enever’s feat during a ceremony in Narrabeen, using video evidence and detailed analyses to confirm the record. WSL’s Jessi Miley-Dyer praised Enever for her fearless and inspiring approach to surfing.
Surfer Layne Beachley, a seven-time world champion, also commended Enever’s accomplishment, emphasizing the extraordinary skill required to paddle into such a massive wave. Enever’s record is a testament to her exceptional talent and the evolving landscape of women’s surfing, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the sport.