To call Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle’s day extraordinary is an understatement. Not only did he possibly break the world record for successfully riding the highest wave (some 100 feet) at Portugal’s Praia do Norte, near the village of Nazare, but also saved his friend’s life that morning.
“It was a crazy day. I nearly lost my friend, Maya. It was terrible. I don’t think I’ve been so scared in my whole life. She has a broken ankle but she’s alive.”
Carlos Burle’s scariest day following the injury to his friend could end up being one of his most celebrated.
Burle’s amazing feat, captured in the photograph above, is yet to be confirmed as the new world record. The current record holder is Garrett McNamara, who was also present at Prai do Norte. He was supporting fellow surfer Andrew Cotten who also attempted surfing the monstrous waves, according to the dailymail.
McNamara made history in 2011 when he rode a 78-foot wave on the same beach.
Brazil’s Maya Gabeira was knocked unconscious by a massive wave and coincidently it was her friend Carlos Burle who helped rescue her to safety.
According to Stab, who spoke with Burle after he visited the hospital, Carlos was shaken up by his friend’s near-fatal incident.
Gaberia seems to be alright, as is apparent in the photograph she posted on her Facebook Page with the following hashtag (below):-
Some of surf’s finest had already gathered at Praia do Norte anticipating the massive swells from St Jude's storm that has battered the European coast.
This particular beach is a hotspot for big waves that are prompted by violent storms in the Atlantic. But the key to Nazare’s high energy swells is the massive canyon that takes shape near the shore.
Nazare Canyon is around 16,000 feet from the water’s surface, compared to Arizona’s Grand Canyon, which is 6,000 feet at its lowest point, according to the Portuguese Hydrographic Office.
Watch the amazing action in this videoproduced by SurfPortugal Mag and Hélio Valentim, featuring the likes of Surfers Carlos Burle, Sylvio Mancusi, Rodrigo Koxa, Maya Gabeira, Felipe "Gordo" Cesarano, Hugo Vau, Eric Rebiere, Pedro Scooby, Andrew Cotton and Garrett Macnamara.
Carlos’s wave is at the end. Advice: Watch it on mute.