News via Surfer Today

On January 20, 2020, Spain’s Ports of the State announced the largest significant wave height in recorded history in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to the Spanish meteorologists and oceanographers, Storm Gloria generated a record-breaking significant wave height of 8.44 meters (27.69 feet) off the port city of Valencia, in Spain.

Watch in the video below……how Storm Gloria-produced swells hit Portocolom in Mallorca, and Platja de la Mar Bella, in Barcelona.

The previous significant wave height record in the Mediterranean Sea had been set at 8.15 meters (26.73 feet) and was recorded in 2003 in Mahón, Menorca.

The authorities estimate that this time, Storm Gloria produced waves of 13.5 meters (44.29 feet).

Despite being as prepared as they could be, Javea suffered incredible damage this week, which you can see in the gallery below, but amazingly, the local council worked magic in just a couple of days in clearing the worst hit parts of the Arenal and Port.

Photos via Javea Connect and Javea Ajuntamente

The biggest wave ever recorded was documented on July 9, 1958, in Lituya Bay, on the southeast of Alaska. It measured measured 1,720 feet.