If you've read Susan Casey's "The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean" (and if you haven't, you should), then you know the idea of surfing a 100-foot wave is near mythical. But on Monday, Brazilian Carlos Burle may have pulled off the impossible.
On "Big Swell Monday" -- nearly 10 months to the day that world-record holder Garrett McNamara surfed his own mammoth wave, and in the same location, Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal -- Burle rode what is believed to be a 100-foot wave (it still needs to be analyzed by experts, and the Guinness World Records). (Jump ahead to the 3-minute mark here.)
It was a day so epic that McNamara opted not surf at all, saying it was too dangerous. And he may have been right -- fellow surfer Maya Gabeira suffered a brutal wipeout and nearly drowned ... until Burle saved her.
Fast forward five minutes and Carlos plucked her from the water, were she was floating face down. She was revived on the beach. Once Carlos was sure Maya was making a recovery, he jetted back into the lineup. He rode the last wave of the day, and it was perhaps the biggest chunk of moving water ever surfed.
Burle saved his friend's life and then surfed a 100-foot wave. Guessing your Monday pales in comparison.