A Brazilian surfer makes history by breaking the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman when she rode a giant 20.7 meter wave with success off the coast of Portugal.
Maya Bageira, a 31 year old from Rio de Janeiro, received this Monday the recognition of her feat on behalf of Guinness World Records and with the first prize Women's XXL Biggest Wave Award from the World Surfing League (WSL).
Bageira had tried on numerous occasions, getting seriously injured in one of them, in Nazaré, in the year 2013, until he achieved it. For the Brazilian, facing that fear was a challenge: "I respect that place very much," he said. "I know the dangers."
The one of the wave of 20.7 meters Nazaré was not the only milestone he has achieved. Bageira had to fight for years for a female category of giant wave surfing, which so far both the WSL and the Guinness record only recognized one: the male category.
Now, the young sportsman She hopes that her achievement will inspire both surfers and her, as well as any woman who wants to be recognized for her work: "It is important to expand our possibilities," he said. "Where there are still no spaces for women, they must be created."