Video of the Day: A New Big Wave Surfing Record?

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Nazare, Portugal, broke huge yesterday morning, bringing an early Halloween treat to big wave surfer Carlos Burle, who rode what many are already arguing is a new world record monster. Burle dropped his bomb shortly after rescuing Maya Gabeira from an epic wipeout. His ride starts around 3:10 — fast forward or just listen for the choir of angels.

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  • Mary SantelloMary Santello Post author

    Sick. And great cinematography too, love the waves against the distinct architecture giving scale to these monsters, as well as the contrasting blue and black. Stunning.

  • Mary SantelloMary Santello Post author

    Sick. And great cinematography too, love the waves against the distinct architecture giving scale to these monsters, as well as the contrasting blue and black. Stunning.

  • Chuck INurfaceChuck INurface Post author

    Simply Ahwwww inspiring! I love the pic and the will of the human spirit. Her spirit seems to me to be much more enormous than the wave itself!
    Nazar is a common rendering into the Latin alphabet of Nadhr (Arabic: نذر), meaning “vow”, which is in use as a name in Arabic and Urdu-speaking areas and in some Islamic countries, mainly in the eastern part of the Islamic world; it is a shortening of Nadhr al-Islam.
    Nazar, or evil eye stone, is an amulet of stone or glass which is believed to protect against evil eye, widely used in Turkey, Azerbaijan and other Turkish speaking nations and Afghanistan, therefore this name implies that the male named Nazar should be wise and handsome.
    The evil eye is a malevolent look that many cultures believe able to cause injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes.”<( Nazar ) The term also refers to the power attributed to certain persons of inflicting injury or bad luck by such an envious or ill-wishing look. The evil eye is usually given to others who remain unaware.
    The "evil eye" is also known in Arabic as ʿayn al-ḥasūd (عين الحسود), in Hebrew as ʿáyin hā-ráʿ (עַיִן הָרַע), in Kurdish çaw e zar (eye of evil/sickness), in Persian as chashm zakhm (چشم زخم eye-caused injury) or chashm e bad (bad eye), in Turkish as Nazar (nazar is from Arabic نَظَر Nathar which means eye vision or eyesight), similarly in Urdu/Hindi/Punjabi the word Nazar or Boori Nazar (bad eye/look) is used, in Amharic buda, in Afghan Pashto cheshim mora, and also "Nazar", in Greek as to máti (το μάτι), in Spanish as mal de ojo, in Italian as malocchio, in Portuguese mau-olhado ("act of giving an evil/sick look"), and in Hawaiian it is known as "stink eye" or maka pilau meaning "rotten eyes".
    The idea expressed by the term causes many cultures to pursue protective measures against it. The concept and its significance vary widely among different cultures, primarily the Middle East. The idea appears several times in translations of the Old Testament. It was a widely extended belief among many Mediterranean and Asian tribes and cultures. Charms and decorations featuring the eye are a common sight across Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan and have become a popular choice of souvenir with tourists.
    As used by Christians, it means "from Nazareth," the town where Jesus Christ was said to have lived. The etymology of Nazareth from as early as Eusebius up until the 20th century has been said to derive from the Hebrew word נצר netser, meaning a "shoot" or "sprout", while the apocryphal Gospel of Phillip derives the name from Nazara meaning "truth".
    In the Greco-Roman period a scientific explanation of the evil eye was common. Plutarch's scientific explanation stated that the eyes were the chief, if not sole, source of the deadly rays that were supposed to spring up like poisoned darts from the inner recesses of a person possessing the evil eye (Quaest.Conv. 5.7.2-3=Mor.80F-81f). Plutarch treated the phenomenon of the evil eye as something seemingly inexplicable that is a source of wonder and cause of incredulity.
    That is a truly incredible wave…and an epic depiction of not only the scale of the wave….but the scale of human ambition, to not only dream about ridding something like that, but doing it…then also surviving it! and also having help to achieve the dream and come out of it alive!! I love nature and the motivation of people such as this incredible soul surfer, trying to push their own limits and find out how far they can go…and How big of wave they can handle or survive! It is astonishing. Wicked Amazing!
    1 world up.

  • Jay Long

    Nice! Totally awesome, and all that stuff. I cannot imagine the rush of adrenaline that comes along with surfing and being connected like that. Great stuff.

  • Clayton

    Wow. Just wow. Those guys and gals are just crazy. That wave is so big, as my buddy put it, you’re no longer surfing a wave. It is a mountain with an avalanche following you down the slope. So awesome.

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