The Inertia

Early this morning in Nazaré, Portugal, a group of big wave surfers tamed some truly giant waves. The crew included Carlos Burle, Pedro Scooby, Felipe “Gordo” Cesariano, Hugo Vao, Maya Gabeira, Rodrigo Koxa, Sylvio Mancuso, Eric Rebiere, Andrew Cotton and Garrett McNamara.

Brazilian Carlos Burle may have set the new world record for biggest tow-in wave ever surfed. No measurement has been taken but from where I stood, it looked to be the biggest ever. He surfed it until the very end and, had the ski not come when it did, he might have been slammed into the rocks. It was that close. It was clear that given the situation, it was today or never and he went for it. Lucky for him, his tow partner was right there when he needed a ride.

Maya Gabeira was getting towed into the monstrous waves as well though she suffered a broken shin and ended up in the hospital after roughly 70 feet of ocean landed on her. Well wishes and a speedy recovery to Maya.

Check out amazing photos by Rui Boino from Portugal’s giant swell.


What do you think–new world record?

  • bkh2o

    I wish we could see a view of this wave from an angle where you’re not looking down on it. Not sure if that’s really possible unless you’re on a jet ski in front of it. Then you’ll probably just see a mountain of water that goes up out of frame.

  • Mannc999

    Pretty sloped face. I would give that wave size 1/3 of what it looks like looking straight on. The main reason this place gets the attention is the camera angle, foreground buildings that distort perceptions of size and some selective editing. Sure, you can mark it in the “record” books, but nobody in the surf community will give this the nod of “biggest” wave ever surfed.

    • Daniel Schoeman

      I totally agree with you!

    • You do it.

      • Mannc999

        Just because I wouldn’t do it (bc I am smarter or less brave than Maya) doesn’t mean I can’t use critical thinking skills to back away from the “biggest wave ever surfed” edge. They share this info with all readers (even those who don’t surf big waves) and I’ve chosen to say that this spot producing the biggest wave ever surfed is bunk. And yes, of course I wouldn’t do it. 🙂

  • Katrina

    great music with too!..dang freaky waves..from my seat at home 🙂

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  • Ben

    Burle has surfed a bona-fide 68 footer at Mavericks. I wonder how he thinks this wave compares. Regardless, he’s definitely in the all-time big wave pantheon.

  • Mannc999

    Problem is it really doesn’t break until its a monster shore pound. Kind of peaks then backs off. Nothing compared to a paddle in day at Jaws or Mavs or Cortez. But if you are gunning for “records” based on numbers then have at it i guess. Gets you on espn. But surfers no bettah

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