6. Maya Gabeira
Photograph By Brian Bielmann
After nearly losing her life in a big-wave surfing accident on the unruly break in Nazare, Portugal, in October 2013, Maya Gabeira is on the mend and she's intent on riding surf of unusual size and power again. With five Girls Performance trophies -- four of them consecutive -- from the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards to her credit and experience conquering waves topping out at 45 feet, Gabeira will soon be back tempting fate in the heaviest waves in the world.