Burle breaks it down

How the 42-year-old went from Brazilian backwater to big-wave world champ

Updated: June 21, 2010, 10:17 AM ET
By Jake Howard | ESPN Action Sports

Carlos Burle's Big Thrills

At 42 years old, Carlos Burle is a veteran of the big-wave arena, and as you can see in the following collection of photos, he's all business when the surf pushes 30 feet. Gallery »

In April, Brazil's Carlos Burle was named the first-ever Big Wave World Champion. Most people don't even realize that there's now a Big Wave World Tour, a series of paddle-in events held in maxing conditions at famed big-wave spots throughout ...

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