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Watch: Surfers Ride Monster Waves in Portugal

The swell may have broken the record for tallest wave ever surfed

Brazilian Surfer Totally Shreds Record-Breaking Wave


Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle may have set a world record for riding the largest wave ever surfed off the coast of Portugal on Monday, Oct. 28, when massive swells pounded the coast. Some witnesses estimate the wave Burle tackled rose more than 100 feet, though an official measurement has not yet been released.

The monster waves off Praia do Norte, a fishing village in Nazare along Portugal's Atlantic coast, stirred excitement, but also trepidation, as another surfer, Maya Gabeira, nearly drowned. Gabeira fell while riding a wave and was knocked unconscious. She was rescued and resuscitated, and she emerged with a broken ankle.

Meanwhile, surfers were congratulating Burle on his massive wave. He reflected on his epic ride, telling Surfer Today, "It was luck. We never know when we will be catching the wave. I still hadn't surfed any wave and everyone had already had their rides. Maya almost died. For me, it was a big adrenaline moment to get back there after what happened."

The current record for largest wave surfed is held by Garrett McNamara, a Hawaiian surfer who caught a 78-foot wave at the same location in Portugal in November 2011.

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Brian Workman

What's great is that the HP keeps interupting the video after the commercial break and you have to peice the vidio back together?

October 29 2013 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BAC ART PIPES

European are very smart -

October 29 2013 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
david.mcleod1

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October 29 2013 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bkblue517

Idiots!

October 29 2013 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
reinventex101

I like the fact that she was resuscitated and then "emerged" with a broken ankle. The bastard who performed CPR got a little carried away.

October 29 2013 at 7:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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lovelaurie

Did you miss the "SHE WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS" part? I doubt Ms. Gabeira shares your same negative perspective.

October 29 2013 at 7:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Vimala Nowlis

It's their life and their's to risk. If that's what they want to do and how they want to go, so be it.

October 29 2013 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grizzrum1richard

Well there are brain dead people who do things with out thinking an this is one of them , they have been added to the dumb and dumber club list and should be wright at the top as CEO an president of the dumb am dumber club...

October 29 2013 at 5:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
HBSSL

how do you almost die from a broken ankel

October 29 2013 at 3:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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lemmonherk

Leader: "Potentially grave [sic] injuries she suffered" ... ???!!

Article: "Gabeira fell while riding a wave and was knocked unconscious. She was rescued and resuscitated, and she emerged with a broken ankle." A broken ankle is "potentially grave"? Sounds like the writer hasn't ever seen a bad car wreck.

October 29 2013 at 3:34 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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barbweher

A concussion (being knocked unconscious) IS "potentially grave" as it can lead to permanent injury or death. Thanks for playing.

October 29 2013 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bree_zee

Risking your life for an adrenaline rush is just insane.

October 29 2013 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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