Carlos Burle Rides Biggest Wave

Carlos Burle rides biggest wave at Nazare Praia do Norte getty images

Carlos Burle rides biggest wave at Nazare Praia do Norte getty images

Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle may have set the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed after riding an estimated 100-foot wave off the coast of Portugal.

Initial estimates of the wave’s height put it taller than 100 feet, thus taller than the record set by Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara in January. McNamara caught a 78-foot wave at the same location in November 2011, according to Fox News. McNamara’s ride was determined to be a record by the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

Burle was with fellow Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira, who was knocked unconscious by the strong waves and nearly drowned, the Telegraph reported. She was taken to the hospital and is recovering, although she sustained a broken ankle.

“It was luck,” Brule told Surfer Today. “We never know when we will be catching the wave. 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.”

Carlos Burle wave is the last wave of the video.

Carlos Burle, Sylvio Mancusi, Rodrigo Koxa, Maya Gabeira, Felipe “Gordo” Cesarano, Hugo Vau, Eric Rebiere, Pedro Scooby, Andrew Cotton and Garrett McNamara

Shoot with Canon 7D and canon lens 300mm f.4

music: Carmina Burana – Carl Orff. by Schott Music

A film by Hélio Valentim

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