• Pro surfer Gabeira returns to Portugal’s waves after 2013 wipeout


    NAZARÉ, Portugal: At Portugal’s Nazare beach, where thrill seekers come to catch some of the world’s biggest waves, Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira has made a comeback, little more than two years after her near-death wipeout there. The Rio de Janeiro native, a five-time winner of the Billabong XXL big wave surfing award, fell in love with surfing big waves at 17, during a trip to the US island state of Hawaii. In 2009 she won the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award for best female sports athlete, going on that year to surf the biggest wave ever by a woman, successfully riding a 14-metre wave at Dungeons, in South Africa.



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