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Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Windsurfing News |

The World’s Biggest Wave Ever Surfed – Carlos Burle

Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle has almost certainly surfed the biggest wave in history. The last wave of the day at Praia do Norte, Protugal was a monster, over 100ft in size from peak to trough. The biggest wave ever surfed, smashes a record 78-footer ridden by Garrett McNamara in November of 2011, also at Nazare, Portugal

What makes this record even more amazing is the fact that just before riding this wave he saved the life of fellow Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira.

“I towed her into this wave and it was so big man. She hit this bump but she managed to ramp over it, and then she hit a second bump and ramped it as well, but when she hit the third bump she didn’t manage to jump it and just slammed into it. She broke her ankle then and there. Then she got caught inside by a giant wave and she disappeared.” – Carlos Burle

After several attempts to pick her up with the ski, Maya had become unconscious. Carlos finally grabbed her by ditching the ski and dragging Maya to the beach through the biggest shore break you have ever seen! After medics managed to revive her, Carlos got back out on the water to catch the biggest wave of his or anybody’s life!

Maya is no stranger to taking on monster size waves, having also got slammed by a massive wave at the infamous Teahupoo reef break. She re-lives that experience here…

For the purists – the record for the biggest wave ever paddled into (no jet ski assist) was also broken not so long ago, this time by Shawn Dollar from California. Shawn’s history-making ride occurred on December 21, 2012 at the Cortes Bank, an offshore reef 100 miles west of San Diego, California. The maximum face height of the wave has now been verified as 61 feet from trough to crest. Dollar’s wave beats Shane Dorian’s prior record wave of 57 feet ridden at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii in 2011.

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