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Most people shudder at the thought of being swept up in a 73.5-foot wave. But for Maya, a Brazilian professional surfer, it was the perfect opportunity to break the world record for the largest wave by a female surfer, which she set in 2018. Earlier this year, the sportsman deftly rode a huge wave during the inaugural World Surf Federation (WSL) Nazare Two-class Surf Challenge in Praia, northern Portugal. At the same spot, she set her first world record on a 68-foot wave.
“The wave happened during the [WSL Nazare Tow Surfing] competition, and even though I say I’m not a competitive person, I was in the zone and braver than usual for the day,” Gabella said. “I took more risks than I normally like to take. When I let go of the rope, I had a feeling it might be the man, but I wasn’t sure. The waves were going really fast, but the noise they made when they broke made me realize it was probably the biggest wave I’ve ever ridden.”
Although Gabella completed the incredible feat on February 11, 2020, her record wasn’t published by Guinness World Records until September 10, 2020. That’s because WSL officials first had to determine whether the Brazilian surfer or her rival, Justine Dupont, had ridden the biggest wave. The height of waves from trough to crest is usually estimated using photographs and video. However, the proximity of the huge waves experienced by the two surfers, and the potential for a new world record, require
more rigorous analysis.
To help them with this process, WSL recruited scientists from Kelly Slater Wave and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Experts use photogrammetry and other methods to calculate exactly how big each wave is. The results showed that Gabeira’s wave was 73.5 feet, two feet taller than DuPont’s, earning her the WSL 2020 Women’s XXL Award for biggest wave. It’s 3.5 feet taller than the 70 feet ridden by 2020 men’s XXL Max Wave winner Kai Lenny!
The 33-year-old believes her achievement could be a turning point in people’s perception of what female surfers are capable of. “Our sport is male-dominated, and men tend to perform much better than women,” she told the Atlantic. “So to find a way and a place and certain guidelines to close that gap and come to the conclusion this year that a woman did indeed surf the biggest and highest wave of the year is pretty amazing.” It opens up the idea that this can be done in other categories and other areas of surfing.”
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