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    Maya's Wild Ride



    Maya Gabeira is setting the bar high for women surfers world wide. The 26 year old big wave surfer from Brazil has been riding waves reserved for the big boys for years, having established the largest wave ridden by a female, a 45' monster at Dungeons in South Africa in 20009. This year Maya set her sights even higher, arriving at Nazaré, Portugal ahead of massive Atlantic Storm.



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    Surfing waves that were in the 60'-80' range at Nazaré North Canyon, when she was dragged into a rocky outcropping in thunderous whitewater before losing consciousness. Fellow Brazilian and big wave legend
    Carlos Burle was able to reach Gabriel vi a jet ski and get her to shore where CPR was admitted. We are happy to report Maya's is alive and well, and suffered just a broken ankle, and hope to return to the water soon!



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    Maya's unconscious body hauled from the impact zone



    Carlos Burle tapping the source!

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    broken ankle and the two dragging her body like that? yup, that's southern europe!!!

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    Interesting interview with Laird Hamilton.

    Did Carlos set the record or not?
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    The Evolution Of Survival



    Surfline has just published and extensive interview with Carlos Burle and Maya Gaberia, providing a glimpse into what is t like to surf and almost die in on of the most dangerous big wave surving venue on the planet,
    Portugal's Nazaré Canyon

    This October, Brazilian professional surfers Carlos Burle and Maya Gabeira ventured to Portugal to chase an XXL swell at Nazaré Canyon. The crew charged hard, backed by two weeks of on-site research and extensive dialogue with Garrett McNamara, who had set a World Record at that spot on January 29, 2013.

    Before the sun set on October 28th, however, Burle likely broke that record with a clearly bigger piece of water. It was his first, last and only ride that day and it came only after performing the most daring rescue of his life -- on tow partner Maya Gabeira after she went down on the biggest wave ever attempted by a female.

    Then... controversy. Hawaiian titan Laird Hamilton -- the outspoken sentinel of super surfing -- called bullshit on the whole thing to CNN, publically discounting not only Carlos' achievement but Gabeira's very presence in the lineup. Santa Cruz vet Ken "Skindog" Collins quickly released a web video in favor of the Brazilians, basically calling bullshit on Laird calling bullshit.

    Meanwhile, a recovering Maya is laughing. Because she's not dead after catching the wave of her life. And Carlos is smiling. Because he got everyone out alive -- and the wave of his life.

    THE NAZARÉ SITUATION

    Carlos: "That place is f--king terrible. That beachbreak... you don't wanna be there, and between the cliffs and the combination of other factors that whole setup is just the worst. My first concern that morning was the wind. I saw on the maps they were gonna change from SE to SW and then N, and we'd have a window that would be amazing. We studied how to tow the wave, but the kick-out that was supposed to be easy wasn't. It was a lot bigger than we thought. I jumped so high on the ski, I lost the radio."

    Maya: "Just don't start with, 'Maya drowned.' I'm over that shit. Maybe start the article as 'the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman,' [laughs]. We got to the harbor at dark, and as soon as we drove out we saw swell going into the shorebreak and giant waves breaking way outside the cliff where Garrett got all his huge waves. Garrett was already waiting way outside with his safety support ski next to him. It was glassy and offshore, but as soon as we got to the peak we saw a completely different lineup from what we had been practicing in."

    MAYA'S WAVE

    Carlos: "At first she didn't want to let go of the rope. She said, 'How about a smaller one?' I said, 'Listen, a small wave today is a big wave. It'd be idiotic to get hurt on a small wave, so let's go for a nice, big one.' It's not hard to find peaks at Nazaré. There's open faces everywhere, it's just hard to find the right one. A big one came right away. It was the second wave of the set but the first one wasn't big enough to clean it up, so the face was bumpy. From what I saw on the jet-ski, she was just jumping and landing. Then she just disappeared."

    Maya: "All this happened really fast. It got light at 6:45 and my accident was at 7:15. Carlos fell off the ski driving Gordo [Felipe Cesarano], lost the radio, climbed back on, then drove back with Gordo screaming, 'I've never seen a wave like that! It's giant!' Carlos drove me around for one set and I said, 'Man, I don't know about this.' I was looking for something like 50-feet and we were in this zone where the only waves that broke were over 60-feet. That's when I thought about Teahupo'o and everything I've ever done and made the decision to take the risk and catch one big wave. I stood up, and Garrett stood up, as well, on the inside. That relaxed me, because I realized it was a bomb and Garrett was definitely gonna go. Then I looked back and he was gone. It was mine: the wave of my life. We spoke about always going on the second wave of the set, but it's hard to think like that when you're facing those conditions. I think we were all in the heat of emotion and just going for it. The wave had huge steps, but didn't close out. It was a very defined, perfect peak."

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