Maya Gabeira

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Maya Gabeira
Maya Gabeira (14065821984).jpg
Gabeira (center) in Washington D.C in 2014
Personal information
BornMaya Reis Gabeira
(1987-04-10) April 10, 1987 (age 31)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight124 lb (56 kg)
Surfing career
Major achievementsBillabong XXL Global Big Wave Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)
ESPY Award (Best Female Action Sports Athlete (2009)
Teen Choice Awards 2010

Maya Reis Gabeira (born April 10, 1987) is a Brazilian big wave surfer.

Career highlights[edit]

In 2009, Gabeira won the ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. Later that year, Gabeira surfed the biggest wave ever by a female when she successfully rode a 14 metres (46 ft) wave at Dungeons, a big-wave surf spot in South Africa.

In 2010, she got the Teen Choice Award for best action sports athlete.[1][2] She was awarded five times with the XXL Big Wave Awards, for Girls Best Overall Performance.

On October 28, 2013, Gabeira lost consciousness and nearly drowned while surfing a massive wave at Praia do Norte, Nazareé, Portugal; she was saved by her fellow Brazilian big-wave surfer Carlos Burle, ending up in the hospital.[3][4]

In January 2018 Gabeira surfed a 68ft high (20,8mts) wave in Nazare, PT, recorded in the Guiness Book of Records as the biggest wave surfed by a female surfer[5][6].

Personal Life[edit]

Gabeira's father is Fernando Gabeira, one of the founding members of the Green Party of Brazil. Her father is also a former member of a guerrilla group responsible for the kidnapping of the US Ambassador in Brazil, Charles Elbrick, in 1969.[7] Her mother, Yamê Reis, is a famous Brazilian fashion designer.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Transworld Surf Maya Gabeira Rides The Biggest Wave Ever By A Woman
  3. ^ Paul Hamilos, "Surfers in Portugal ride towering waves whipped up by storm", The Guardian, October 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "Maya Gabeira gives thumbs up after near-drowning experience", Surfer Today, October 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Female surfer sets new world record". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  6. ^ "68-ft wave surfed by Maya Gabeira confirmed as largest ridden by a woman as she receives two awards". Guinness World Records. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2010-05-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Maya Gabeira - Professional X Games Athlete Profile Maya Gabeira

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