Maya Reis Gabeira is a Brazilian big wave surfer. She has received the ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and is considered one of the best female surfers in the world as well as one of the most influential female surfers of all time. She has won the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards for four consecutive times (2007 to 2010) in the Best Female Performance category. In 2010, she got the 2010 Teen Choice Award for Best Female Action Sports Star. In 2012, she was awarded the XXL Big Wave Awards for Girls Best Overall Performance for the 5th time.
In February 11, 2020, Maya set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest wave surfed (unlimited) – female. It was held in WSL Nazaré Tow Surf in contest and the wave measured 73.5 feet (22.4 m)
In 2008, she became the first woman to surf the Alaskan Sea. Gabeira also became the first woman to surf California’s Ghost Trees and Tahiti’s Teahupoo.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with Maya Gabeira, Six times World Champion Big Wave Surfer where she talks about her workout, diet, hair & skincare, and her success story.
Walk us through your spectacular journey about how and when you were introduced to surfing? Was it your first love at 14 years of age?
I had my first contact with surf when I was 13 years old, through some school’s friends and a ex-boyfriend. I used to be very focused in Ballet, but when I was 12 I quit dance, and two years latter, I transferred all that focus and passion from dance to surf.
In 2008 you became the first woman to surf Alaska and in 2009, you won the Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award. Being the best involves a lot of dedication and commitment. Share four keys to become a top-line surfer?
Introduce us to a day in your life. Your morning begins with.
My routine is not always the same, but I try to alternate among surf gym, bike and foil. Usually I wake up and go check the sea and analyse the surf conditions. Then I plan my day and decide if I go to surf or practice tow-in or foil. By the afternoon I try to do my out of water trainings.
The exercises training can take between 1h30 and 2h30; it can be at the gym or bike. The training inside water can be fast, taking between 1h and 2h, but sometimes it takes all day, it will depend on surf conditions. I have started to practice kite surf and foil, I end up spending a long time inside water. So, if I’m not surfing, I’m with my foil on waves and if there is strong wind I’m kite surfing. Furthermore, I’m now sailing and I also spend some time on it.
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