In Depth With Graham Bensinger

Maya Gabeira: World record-breaking big-wave surfer

May 24, 2021

Brazilian big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira invites Graham Bensinger to her home in Nazaré, Portugal - a surfing destination famous for creating some of the largest waves in the world. It’s the site of Gabeira’s highest highs and lowest lows, as it’s where she had to be revived after a 2013 wipeout and where successful surfs years later earned her multiple Guinness World Records. Gabeira shares her remarkable comeback story, plus intimate details of battling gender discrimination and severe anxiety. Sebastian Steudtner, Gabeira’s tow partner and fellow big-wave surfer, chimes in on Gabeira’s career moments and also discusses how technology is holding back the sport.

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