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Maya Gabeira on Her Record-Breaking Wave and Female Surfing

Breaking a Guinness World Record is never an easy process, but Maya Gabeira’s quest to break the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman was as hard as it gets. For one, she nearly died during her attempt at Nazaré on October 28th, 2013. But five years later when she achieved her goal by riding a 68-foot wave at the same spot, the WSL and the Guinness Book of World Records didn’t seem to care. 

Refusing to give up, Gabeira started a petition and garnered 20,000 signatures, which ultimately solidified her hard-earned record. Gabeira sat down with WSL’s podcast the Line-Up to shed more light on the experience and how the industry can better support female surfers.

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I am a person who is very interested in watching surfing and very much frightened to do it but these legends are really motivating and make us try it at least once in our lives and decided to do a training in this. I am hopefully trying it soon check this out

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VIDEO: Nate Florence’s Guide to Duck Diving vs. Bailing
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VIDEO: Nate Florence’s Guide to Duck Diving vs. Bailing

VIDEO: Nate Florence’s Guide to Duck Diving vs. Bailing

When surfing at a big break, the challenges start long before dropping in on a wave. Just getting out into the lineup can be a struggle, with breaking waves posing a daunting obstacle to any surfer paddling out under their own power. RELATED: Australian Man Punches Great White Shark There are two main strategies for getting around breaking waves: Duck diving and bailing board. Not sure what either of those things are? Unsure when to duck and when to bail? Want to improve your technique? Never

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Surfing in Alaska Never Looked Better in ‘Arc of Aleutia’
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Surfing in Alaska Never Looked Better in ‘Arc of Aleutia’

Surfing in Alaska Never Looked Better in ‘Arc of Aleutia’

Alaska’s Aleutian Islands don’t classify as your typical surf getaway. You can’t just hop on a plane and arrive at the beach. Most trips require a bush plane ride, then a boat ride, which is then followed by a hike. RELATED: All-time Nias Barrel Session with Nick Von Rupp But if you’re willing to put up with the absurd travel logistics, you’ll find a corner of the ocean that’s mostly untouched, uninhabited, and flanked by breathtaking scenery. For surfers Harrison Roach, Parker Coffin, and

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“No Small Feat” Explores the World of Women’s Big Wave Surfing
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“No Small Feat” Explores the World of Women’s Big Wave Surfing

“No Small Feat” Explores the World of Women’s Big Wave Surfing

Female surfers have fought for years to be included in big wave competitions, despite overarching patriarchal attitudes that insisted that they weren’t up to the challenge. Pioneer big wave surfer Paige Alms will even tell you about the time when an announcer at the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational said that "girls just aren’t good enough", even though she and her friends were already surfing the same waves as men. RELATED: Op-ed — The Power of Language in the Outdoors Thankfully, women like