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Being Maya Gabeira

In just eight years, Maya Gabeira has gone from beginner to among the finest big wave surfers in the world.

Updated: November 3, 2009, 12:17 PM ET
By Andrew Pattison (video), Micah Abrams (story) | ESPN Action Sports

On December 15, 2004, "Eddie" went. The Quiksilver Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikua is only held when the North Pacific unleashes its most spectacular swells on big-wave surfing's birthplace: Oahu's Waimea Bay. That day, as 35-foot waves poured into the Bay, for only the seventh time in the event's 23-year history its elite roster of on-call big-wave hell men gathered on the beach. Before they could paddle out, the locals who call this break home had to surf in. "The Bay called the day," ...

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