Maya Gabeira is a beast. Back in January, she was towed into a 68-foot Nazaré bomb and rode the avalanche of water like nobody's business. In honor of the feat, she was presented with a Guinness World Record for “Largest wave surfed (unlimited) – female."
Mind you, that was an accomplishment she earned after nearly dying from a grueling wipe out in 2013. That monstrous wave not only snapped her tibia but almost drowned her. It was an experience that only made her more tenacious. Motivated, she recovered and met her fears head-on.
"That return was no easy task, but it was something she had to do. I had to dig really deep,” she told the Inertia. “And I had to do the hardest thing for me, which was to come back and surf Nazaré.”