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
This Could Be the Biggest Wave Ever Surfed
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)

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." (Read more surfing stories.)

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