This Could Be Biggest Wave Ever Surfed

Surfer follows up rescue with possible new record

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 29, 2013 2:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – The huge storm that lashed much of Europe yesterday created some huge waves, including a monster that might earn surfer Carlos Burle a place in the record books. The Brazilian rode a behemoth of a wave at Nazare, on Portugal's central coast, that appears to be even bigger than the 100-foot wave Hawaiian Garrett McNamara rode at the same spot in January, CBS reports.

Burle's feat came soon after he rescued fellow Brazilian big-wave surfer Maya Gaberia, who nearly drowned trying to catch a wave. "It was luck. We never know when we will be catching the wave," Burle tells Surfer Today. "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."

Surfers Carlos Burle, right, from Brazil, and Garrett McNamara, from the US, pose for a photo after Burle surfed a giant wave at Nazare on Portugal's Atlantic coast yesterday.   (AP Photo/Miguel Barreira)
Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle rides a big wave at the Praia do Norte, north beach, at the fishing village of Nazare in Portugal's Atlantic coast.   (AP Photo/Miguel Barreira)
People watch an unidentified surfer ride a big wave at the Praia do Norte, north beach, at the fishing village of Nazare in Portugal's Atlantic coast.   (AP Photo/Miguel Barreira)
English surfer Andrew Cotton rides a big wave at the fishing village of Nazare in Portugal's Atlantic coast.   (AP Photo/Miguel Barreira)
Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle, left, rescues fellow surfer Maya Gabeira.   (AP Photo/Miguel Barreira)
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