Fresh from saving the life of a young surfer trapped in extreme wave condition, Brazilian daredevil Carlos Burle took to the Portugese sea again, to ride what many say is the biggest wave of all time.
Burle and friend Maya Gabeira were surfing in the huge waves, tossed up by fierce storm St Jude, in the surfing sport of Nazare. Gabeira was caught in the surf, at the Praia do Norte, and broke her ankle.
Burle managed to pull his friend out of the water, after five minutes of frantically trying to find her.
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Gabeira was rescued unconscious and taken to hospital where she is recovering well, according to posts on Facebook.
Burle headed back into the sea, and it was then he caught his wave, with onlookers saying it was 100-foot.
"I’m good. Maya is good too. That’s the most important thing. 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," Burle told Stab magazine.
"Man, she was gone for about five minutes. I couldn’t find her anywhere. I was so scared. I didn’t want to lose my friend, you know? Then I saw her and raced towards her.
"There were these huge waves just breaking on us and over us, and she missed the sled.
"I lost her man. I couldn’t find her. It was the worst situation I have ever been in… Then I saw her again but this time she was floating face down. She was heading for the rocks. It was terrible. The worst situation I have ever faced. I raced up to her, jumped off the ski and grabbed her. I couldn’t let her go.
"The waves were so big and it was a shorebreak. We got slammed. So scary. We got lucky. I got lucky. We got to the beach. I don’t know how, but we made it to the beach.
"They started administering CPR immediately, and she coughed up a bucket load of water and she started breathing."Suggest a correction