As you may know we have Carlos Burle, one of the world's best big wave surfers, blogging for us. This time however, it is tow-in partner Maya Gabeira who's in the limelight after being named ESPN's Female Action Sport Athlete of the Year, at their awards ceremony in LA. In a sport largely dominated by men, Maya has surfed waves bigger and heavier than many men could dream of. For an example, of just how big she gets, check out her entry from the Billabong XXL Awards below.

Congrats Maya!

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