If you haven’t already heard, two weeks ago, Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle may have tackled the biggest wave ever surfed.
Praia do Norte, at the Portuguese town of Nazare, is renowned for its huge swells — and on Tuesday, October 26, Burle caught one of these, estimated to be around 100 feet high (this after he helped save fellow Brazilian Maya Gabeira out of the pummeling surf after she was knocked unconscious).
Gabeira, one of the world’s leading female big-wave surfers, was taken to hospital and luckily escaped with just a broken ankle, while Burle is hoping to have his feat ratified as a Guinness World Record.
The wave measured some 100 feet in height—much higher than the confirmed 2011 Guinness world record of 78 feet set by Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara last year, also in Nazare waters.
“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 almost died. For me, it was a big adrenaline moment to get back there after what happened.”
Check out the video, courtesy of CNN, of Burle’s wild ride. It’s both terrifying and amazing at the same time.