Carlos Burle (left) on October 28, 2013 next to Garrett McNamara's ride from 2012
(Garret withdrew his entry from the Billabong XXL that year.) © To Mane
While the world cries 'biggest wave ever ridden' Laird pauses, offers insight
30 October, 2013 : Laird Hamilton recently talked to CNN about Carlos Burle's monster wave caught at Nazare on October 28. In the interview Hamilton calls into question whether Burle can claim the biggest wave title on a wave he did not complete - Burle made the drop to the bottom and was doing fine but got mowed down a short while later by an immense wall of whitewater.
"First of all, to set a world record you need to make the wave," said Hamilton. "I believe Carlos did not make the wave."
Hamilton also added that Burle's tow partner Maya Gabeira (who almost drown that day) should not have been out surfing that day since she doesn’t have the proper training to handle waves like that.
My take...I agree with Llaird that Maya was in over her head. But I disagree that Carlos shouldnt claim making what looks to be the 1st 100' wave. Carlos for all practical purposes 'made' the wave. Making the drop is the main deal in waves this size. He chose the heavier track going straight when he might have been able to keep right and kick out. What he did took bigger Burle' balls. Was he supposed to ride the white water to the beach or else? The place he fell was long after the wave peaked. That moment didnt matter. What did matter was making it in and down that beast. He even rode it quite awhile for good measure. Mission accomplished. gq