Brazilian Carlos Burle might have broken the world record for surfing the biggest wave when he decided to take to the waves off the Portuguese west coast at Nazaré alongside fellow surfers Pedro Scooby, Felipe “Gordo” Cesariano, Hugo Vao, Maya Gabeira, Rodrigo Koxa, Sylvio Mancuso, Eric Rebiere, Andrew Cotton and Garrett McNamara.
Unconfirmed reports are indicating that Carlos Burle may have snatched the record from Garret McNamara which the American set last year at the same venue.
Eye-witness reports are convinced the record was broken, but the specialists' view will not be sufficient, and the help of science will now be called in to help verify the claim.
The feat was marred however when another Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira crashed out while attempting to surf another monster wave.
The 26-year old lost control and suffered preliminary drowning off the same coast where she has already surfed a wave the size of which is expected to win her the female category in the Billabong XXL mega-wave competition, an award she has already won five times, the Lusa News Agency reported.
It was further reported that she is expected to remain in hospital for observation but is out of any danger.
The group currently surfing the waves off Nazaré are intending to stay until 2 December in their bid to make the best of the world's biggest waves and their desire for a place in surfing folklore.