Maya Gabeira, surfer of mahoosive waves, practically died twice chasing her dream, is apparently being shunned by the WSL in her quest to have her massive Nazaré wave recognised as the biggest ever surfed by a woman.
Apparently the WSL has to verify Guiness world records in surfing for big waves…Being a commercial entity this is very strange in itself as I am pretty sure most world records are verified by independent sporting governing bodies…
But anyway Maya ask them to verify her wave, which is by any standards mind-blowing, but after an initial meeting they have ignored her emails…for three months!
Why would you ignore an email from Maya, all round nice person and rider of huge waves?
Are we, as stated in the email “Living in a time when a woman can surf the biggest wave in the world, and go unrecognized ?!?”
Are there as Maya says, “people who don’t like women riding big waves?”
So many questions. Let’s get some answers…
Please, sign Maya’s petition on change.org
Mayas full statement is below. It’s a remarkable story. We’d say not only should Guinness recognise her, but so should Surfings Hall of Fame.
“Hello, I’m Maya Gabeira. I’m a big wave surfer from Rio de Janeiro and I need your help. On January 18, 2018 I achieved my life’s goal of surfing the biggest wave a woman has ever surfed.
In order to establish a world record, I need the World Surf League to certify the measurement of the wave. For some reason, the WSL has ignored my request. Please sign this petition to ask the WSL to recognize a world record for women in big wave surfing!
“Since 2013, I’ve been training in Nazaré, Portugal, home to the biggest waves in the world. In 2011 Garrett McNamara set a world record here, and last year Rodrigo Koxa beat that record.
Both of these rides made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Since I was a girl, I have dreamt of the day I would see a woman recognized in the Guinness Book for big wave surfing. In 2013 while trying to set a record for women, I almost died. But, in January of this year, after five years of recovery and training, I successfully rode the biggest wave of my life.Miguel Moreira, an expert at the University in Lisbon, measured the wave, and tells me that it is indeed a world record.
“I researched how to apply to the Guinness Book and learned that The World Surf League must certify every big wave record that is submitted. So, I flew to The WSL headquarters in Los Angeles – where they promised to support a world record for women. But many months later, there appears to be no progress and my emails have gone unanswered. I’m not sure what’s going on, (but there are definitely some people who don’t like the idea of women surfing the biggest waves.) Anyways, perhaps I haven’t been able to scream loud enough? With your voice, though, I might just be heard. If you have a moment, please sign this petition to ask the WSL to make good on their promise to recognize a world record for women in big wave surfing.
It’s been a long time since I first read the Guinness Book. I dream now of some other little girl who might read the book, and see my name, and then one day find her own big waves to ride.”