Watch: Surfers Ride Monster Waves in PortugalThe swell may have broken the record for tallest wave ever surfed
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.
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.
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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