After one of the most talked about swells of the year hit Nazaré, Portugal, athletes, media and fans were all buzzing over two very distinct incidents. Professional big wave surfer Maya Gabeira (BRA) experienced an extremely close call after taking on a giant set at the fierce break, nearly losing her life. Due to the intense training and heroism of tow partner Carlos Burle (BRA), Maya Gabeira’s life was saved before being immediately rushed to the hospital.
The second topic hitting headlines was Burle’s return to the lineup where he caught, what some are saying, a record breaking wave. Laird Hamilton was interviewed by CNN about both topics and he didn’t hesitate when giving his direct opinion based on his experience (watch Hamilton’s interview here). The Maverick Moments team met up with big wave surfer and Santa Cruz local, Ken Collins, to share his response to the uproar and comments that were made.
Watch the interview with Ken “Skindog” Collins:
“Big Monday” documents the historical big wave session in Nazaré, Portugal, filmed by Miguel Costa on October 28th, 2013. A skilled group of big wave athletes entered the 60 ft+ swell that hit the small fishing town, led by Garrett McNamara’s expertise. The Big Monday tow-in crew included: Maya Gabeira, Carlos Burle, Andrew Cotton, Sylvio Mancusi, Rodrigo Koxa, Felipe Cesarano, Hugo Vau, Eric Rebiere and Pedro Scooby.