Maya Gabeira is delicate, pretty, calm and serene. She had the inner characteristics for being an architect, executive, engineer or doctor, but she decided to dedicate her life to extreme big wave surfing.
Gabeira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1987. His father founded the Green Party, in her country, but she wouldn’t take the path of politics. When Maya started surfing at the age of 14, she felt that water is a really good place to work.
As years passed by, the Brazilian surfer felt she could raise the bar. In the last decades, Maya Gabeira's attitude towards huge walls of water started to shift from fear to challenge.
When boys are pursuing the biggest waves in the world, she might be the only girl in the block. Chasing swells is now her daily job, alongside with Carlos Burle, her trainer and tow-in partner.
Maya Gabeira has been opening hidden doors for women in the extreme surfing territory where not all men dare to enter. Award after award, trophy after trophy, the Brazilian collected the fearless medals delivered by the world's biggest wave arenas.
In 2009, Gabeira's infamous 45-foot wave ride at Dungeons, in South Africa, was considered the biggest wave ever surfed by a female.