Maya Gabeira, Action Sports’ Finest

Not every athlete makes it to the top of his or her respective game. And not all athletes can say that the sport they love almost took their lives from them in a scary accident. Brazilian bombshell and big wave surfer Maya Gabeira can say both of these things, and can also say that she’s got the looks, skill and heart to navigate almost any challenge that comes her way. In fact, she pursues them.

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The daughter of a famous Brazilian politician, Maya Gabeira was born in 1987 and began surfing at 14 years old. Her love for surfing and chasing the big wave took her on an adventure throughout her youth traveling to Australia and to Hawaii before finally making it a career. Since then, Maya, AKA “Storm Surfer” has been actively pursuing the world’s deadliest tropical storms in hopes to land that next big wave. It wouldn’t take long before Maya found what she was looking for.


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In 2009 while surfing off the South African coast, Maya successfully conquered a massive 46-foot wave becoming the largest wave to ever be ridden by a female surfer. As a result of this incredible feat, she would later win an ESPY Award for being the Best Female Action Sports Athlete. In addition to being credited with a World Record and a recipient of the prestigious ESPY Award, Maya Gabeira is also a five-time winner of the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award, with four wins in a row from 2007-2010, and a fifth in 2012. She’s been honored with a Teen Choice Award, Cartoon Network’s Hall of Games Award, and was even featured in the 2010 documentary Hollywood Don’t Surf!, which also stars Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg.
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