The Biggest Surf Story of the Year in Full Detail

Relive the terrifying day when Maya Gabeira nearly died and Carlos Burle became a legend.
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By Larry Earvin

On October 29, one of the largest swells in recent memory hit Nazaré, off Portugal's majestic coast. It attracted big-wave surfers from around the world, including two of the most admired, Carlos Burle and Maya Gabeira.

If you follow the news closely, you probably know what happened. If you don't, here's a quick recap: Carlos surfed what many believe to be the largest wave ever surfed, while Maya nearly drowned as she charged what could have been the largest wave ever surfed by a woman.

In the surf world, it became the most talked about story of 2013.

We sat down with Maya and Carlos as they provide full details of their mission -- from the moment they touched down in Portugal to the day Maya was released from the hospital.

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