1. The Biggest Wave?
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In October, Brazils Carlos Burl towed into what might prove to be a world-record wave at Nazar, Portugal, shortly after rescuing his tow partner, skilled big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira, from a near drowning earlier that day. Controversy ensued after skeptics rebuked the wave size, while others criticized Gabeira's involvement altogether.