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Brazilian Surfer Carlos Burle Rides What Could Be Biggest Wave Ever Off Portugal Coast

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During a monster day at the Portuguese big wave surf spot Nazaré, Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle rode what has been labeled arguably the biggest wave ever ridden while his compatriot Maya Gabeira nearly drowned after a horrific wipeout left her unconscious.

Less than a year after Hawaii native Garrett McNamara set the record at the same spot, Burle used a jet ski to tow himself into a wave that many experts say was over 100 feet. McNamara's ride at Nazaré on November 1, 2012 measured 78 feet and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest ever ridden.

"It was luck. We never know when we will be catching the wave," Burle told Surfer Today. "I still hadn't surfed any wave and everyone had already had their rides. Maya [Gabeira] almost died. For me, it was a big adrenaline moment to get back there after what happened."

The 45-year-old surfer from Rio de Janeiro has made a career riding big waves. In 2001, he claimed a 72-foot wave at the Northern California big wave spot Mavericks, south of San Francisco.

Guinness World Records will analyze Burle's wave to decide the official height, which is measured from the wave's crest to the bottom of the swell.

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