Female Surfer Rides Enormous 68ft Wave, Breaking The World Record In the Process

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Whilst we're moping about eating our breakfast and expecting a pat on the back just for turning up on time, she's out here riding waves the size of small skyscrapers.

Just your average day as a superstar surfer I suppose. But then when a really freakin' big one comes along, you've got to take your opportunity to make history... and that's exactly what she did.

Maya, a Brazilian originally from Rio De Janeiro, has claimed the title for the 'Largest Wave Surfed Unlimited (Female)', whilst securing the World Surf League's inaugural Women's XXL BiggestWave Award at the same time.

wow, she's pretty badass

And when you see the video, you'll realise just how impressive that achievement really is.

The Brazilian, now 31, successfully navigated her way along a wave measuring in at 68ft or 20.72 metres from trough to crest off the coast of Nazare, Portugal in a big-wave break called Prai Do Norte.

The moment happened way back in January, but she was only presented with her Guinness World Records certificate in a ceremony on October 1st.

"That time was priceless, it taught me a lot and slowly I got back to my feet. Back to surfing at 100% and in a spot that I honestly consider the biggest and most challenging wave I ever surfed."

During her acceptance speech, Gabeira referred back to 2013, a year when she suffered a severe injury riding a wave in the very same place, Nazare Portugal. The 31-year-old snapped her tibia after being hit by a huge wave and the resulting damage left her struggling to swim. She nearly drowned.

But that's part and parcel of being an extreme sports professional and of course after her recovery, she got straight back into surfing again.

She said:

(Video Credit: SurferToday.com)

Sophie Goldschmidt, the WSL CEO, spoke of Maya fondly having been wowed by her commitment to the sport despite her injuries and the huge achievement she'd managed:

Let's just take a moment to appreciate just how freakin' cool this woman is!

What do you make of Maya's stunning surfing abilities?

Check out the amazing full video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JzIReiJqRM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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