Photos: The Maya Reis Gabeira  Story.


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


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 14 meters (46 ft) wave at Dungeons, a big-wave surf spot in South Africa.

In 2010, she was awarded the Billabong Girls Best Overall Performance Award for a record four years in a row.

On October 28, 2013, Gabeira lost consciousness and nearly drowned while surfing a massive wave near Nazaré, Portugal, caused by the St Jude storm;

She was saved by her fellow Brazilian big-wave surfer Carlos Burle, ending up in the hospital


Gabeira’s current sponsors include Billabong and Red Bull.