This morning, during a truly massive swell in Nazaré, Portugal, professional surfer Maya Gabeira was knocked unconscious by a 70-foot wave. She lay in the shallows face down, immobile and unconscious where she was held under as waves rushed over her. Maya suffered a broken shin.

Her tow partner, Carlos Burle, picked her up from the spot where she lay floating, unconscious, and rushed her to the beach where she was resuscitated. Following an immediate trip to the hospital, Gabeira is expected to make a full recovery, but the visuals that accompanied her gruesome wipeout, and the ensuing punishment, will not be soon forgotten.

In the same session, Carlos Burle may have set a new world record for the biggest wave ever surfed. Photos documenting the massive session were snapped by Portuguese photographer Rui Boino.

Billabong XXL nominated Maya Gabeira’s wave as a wipeout contender for their 2014 awards. Video below.

  • Stu Azole

    Lack of skill with lack of fear will cost her soon enough.

    • Marco

      Many “experts” here teaching how to do for the ride of the year 2009!!!

  • superjr

    she looked alright until the rescue sled knocked her in the back of the head

  • Luca

    you both have no clue what you’re talking about.
    he saved her life.

  • ola_dunk_nordmann

    And then tried to tow her underwater with the tow rope…

  • lk

    As an ocean rescue lifeguard…why there are not two people on the jet ski…I’ll never understand. One person should have jumped in raised her hand and then had the driver connect arms and throw them on to the sled (this is PRC 101). Had there been better preparation…the rescue would have been better.
    As for Maya, reading here body language on that wave, she hadn’t a clue what she was doing…she got rattled by the wave twice before she went down but her line was also off. I hope that she doesn’t give up Big Wave surfing all together but, she def needs more practice.

  • Jonathan Bernal Torres

    wow!