Five years ago, Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira took on the famously large waves in Narzaré but almost lost her life. According to The New York Times, the surfer fell off her surfboard, broke her ankle and was floating face down when her friend found her. But instead of running from her fears after the accident, Gabeira moved to the surf town to get more practice with the life-threatening — or in her words “biggest and most challenging” — waves.
Today, Maya officially holds the world record for the tallest wave ever surfed by a woman after riding one 68 feet high at a competition in Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 18, 2018. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the 31 year-old also claimed the World Surf League’s inaugural Women’s XXL Biggest Wave Award. She received both of her titles on Monday.
“To set the world record has been a dream of mine for many years,” she said. “But of course, after the accident in Nazaré 2013, it felt like a very distant dream.”
Maya’s story and accomplishment is definitely inspiring us to keep pushing no matter what and that dreams do come true!
Congratulations MAYA on your new title as Women’s XXL Biggest Wave World Record Holder!