In an impressive move, 31 year old Brazilian Maya Gabeira broke the women’s world record for the longest wave surfed by a female at 20.72 metres, or roughly 68 feet, at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal, on 18 January 2018.
Congratulations @MayaGabeira for making history as the @GWR Women’s XXL Biggest Wave World Record holder. Video by Nuno Dias | #CatchThisWave pic.twitter.com/eJromAjMib
— World Surf League (@wsl) October 1, 2018
Claiming the World Surf League’s (WSL) and Guinness World Records inaugural Women’s XXL Biggest Wave Award, Gabeira said “to set the world record has been a dream of mine for many years, but of course, after the accident in Nazaré 2013 [when she was knocked unconscious and nearly drowned], it felt like a very distant dream. She continued “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.”