October 30th, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Surfer May Have Broken Big Wave Record, Dude

Brave or reckless?  Carlos Burle is among a group of thrill-seeking surfers who plunged into raging waters in Portugal during one of the biggest storms to hit Europe in recent times.  He thinks he might have broken the record for riding the biggest wave, estimated to be around 100 feet high.

Burle caught the towering wave not long after helping to haul his fellow Brazilian Maya Gabeira out of the pummeling surf after she was knocked unconscious. He tells the amazing story on "New Day".

"I saw the swell, and I was scared. I was scared for my life, too," Burle says. "I was just holding myself because I knew if I fell, it would be hard for me to survive."

Praia do Norte, at the Portuguese town of Nazare, is renowned for its huge swells - and Monday brought more with the weather that caused havoc across the continent, killing at least 13 people.

Gabeira, one of the world's leading female big-wave surfers, was taken to hospital and escaped with just a broken ankle, while Burle is hoping to have his feat ratified as a Guinness World Record.


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