Female surfer granted world record for conquering 68-foot wave

Female surfer granted world record for conquering 68-foot wave

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Female surfer granted world record for conquering 68-foot wave

Brazil’s Maya Gabeira has been granted a world record for conquering a 68-foot wave last January 18 at Nazaré in Portugal.

Guinness World Records on Monday recognized the effort by presenting Gabeira with the award for the largest wave surfed by a female athlete.

For Gabeira, the honor fulfills a longtime dream and is extra-special considering that she lost consciousness and nearly drowned after a nasty wipeout at Nazaré in 2013.

“To set the world record has been a dream of mine for many years,” Gabeira said after accepting the award. “But of course, after the accident it felt like a very distant dream. It took a lot of work to have a season like last year, to be 100% again; and to complete it with a Guinness World Records title is quite special.”

Maya Gabeira poses with world record certificate

Gabeira was also honored by the World Surf League for her effort during the WSL’s 2017-18 big-wave surfing season.

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The accompanying footage shows her incredible ride and features the surfer explaining how the daunting and dramatic event unfolded.

Maya Gabeira safely negotiates 68-foot wave at a site where she nearly drowned in 2013

Stated WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt: “Maya exemplifies the courage, commitment, and progression of female athletes around the world and we are so proud to celebrate her today as the new Guinness World Records title holder for the largest wave surfed unlimited (female).”

Gabeira was towed onto the shoulder of the 68-foot wave via personal watercraft – waves this large and fast are generally approached in this manner – and her Guinness record is in the unlimited category.

Another Brazilian, Rodrigo Koxa, holds the men’s unlimited for an 80-foot wave he rode at Nazaré in November 2017.

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