Kai Lenny vs Laura Enever: Which Surfer Has Surfed the Highest Wave in the World?

Published 11/09/2023, 8:00 AM EST

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There is no sport as daring and adventurous as surfing. It pumps the body full of adrenaline and provides an unparalleled thrill. There are many surfing legends who have gained notoriety by challenging the mighty waves and riding on top of them with unmatched skill. On that note, there is one American surfer who has set the mark for his peers to follow. His prodigal abilities encompass stand-up paddling, kitesurfing, and windsurfing.

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Kai Lenny offers his fans a multitude of jaw-dropping performances every year. However, his greatest accomplishment came in the 2020 Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge when he combatted the 70-foot giant. Now, Australian surfer Laura Enever has created a new mark that is set to redefine the landscape for women surfers. Find out the difference between Kai Lenny and Laura Enever’s achievements in their respective disciplines.

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Recently, the Guinness World Records ratified Laura Enever’s ride atop the four-story wave in Hawaii as the world record. WSL celebrated the achievement with an Instagram post captioned, “She’s now a WORLD RECORDS HOLDER! At 43.6 ft (13.3 meters) @lauraenever has broken the @guinnessworldrecords title for the Largest Wave Surfed (Paddle) by a female!”

 

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The 31-year-old surfing legend from the land down under was casually riding the waves near the outer reef on Oahu’s North Shore earlier this year when a monstrous blue wall of water came in her path. The daredevil woman did not lose any time and rushed in the direction of the wave. With that, she broke the eight-year-long record set by Andrea Moller. Although her stupendous performance is clap-worthy, it pales in comparison to her male counterpart’s mark.

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Few surfers inspire as much shock as Kai Lenny. His antics in Portugal’s jewel surfing coast of Nazaré bring with them a level of disbelief. The real-life Aquaman is not afraid of the 70-foot giants that hit the coast with the force of a car crash. He etched his name on the heavy tome of surfing history by conquering a 70-foot (21.3 m) monster wave in Praia do Norte. While most people would shudder at the thought of facing such a huge wave, both Kai Lenny and Laura Enever welcome the opportunity.

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Kai Lenny and Laura Enever share a love for thrill

Geographically, America and Australia are divided by land, but the ever-stretching oceans unite both continents. In the same way, Kai Lenny and Laura Enever have found common ground in their mutual love for the water and the sport. The American superstar said, “For me, the ocean is a battery pack,…I get energy from being in the water, and when I’m not, I don’t have that same spark. The light in my eye dims, maybe. I think for my soul itself, there’s no better feeling than riding a wave”. The same sentiments echoed in Laura Enever’s words after her mark was recognized.

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She said, “I was so stoked, there is just no feeling like it”. With a calm mind and heartbeat pacing, she maneuvered the three large waves that came one after the other. Enever seamlessly steamrolled from one wave to the next and created a new history. These two surfing legends are kindred spirits and have changed the face of surfing forever.

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Anchal Ahuja

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I am Anchal Ahuja, an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports. My love for sports journalism grew when I started watching the Olympics when I was just 7-years-old. Growing up as I started to delve deeper into the sporting realm, I decided to move on with my new passion with all new hopes to get success.
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BHUJAYA RAY CHOWDHURY

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