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Surfer rides monster wave

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NAZARE, Portugal - Brazilian Carlos Burle helped save the life of a fellow surfer on Monday (October 28), the same day he is believed to have broken the record for riding the biggest wave.

Burle's compatriot Maya Gabeira fell off her board in a wipeout and went under the pounding waves before he was able to reach her on a jet ski and drag her back to the beach, where she was resuscitated.

On the same day Burle was videoed riding a wave though to be bigger than the approx 100ft wall of water on which Hawaii's Garrett McNamara claims to have set the previous record last year on the same stretch of coast.

The waves were caused by the huge Atlantic storm which hit western Europe on Monday.

"The best prize of the day was Maya being alive. The second prize was to have surfed a large wave but I think it could have happened to anyone," Burle said later.

"Everyone should be congratulated. I am happy to be alive, that everyone came back and, above all, that Maya is well."

Saving the life of a fellow surfer and riding possibly the biggest wave ever surfed is all in a day's work for Brazilian Carlos Burle.
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