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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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stash member Katie Lozancich

TGR Staff Writer and photographer. Fond of bikes, pow, and dogs. Originally from Northern CA, home for me has ranged from the PNW to a teepee in Grand Teton National Park.