Photograph By Maassen/A-Frame
Bringing women's big-wave surfing to the mainstream, Maya Gabeira is both a multiple XXL Award winner and an ESPY recipient. Tackling infamous breaks such as Waimea Bay, Jaws, Dungeon's and Teahupo'o, throughout her career, she's tempted fate on waves measuring up to 50 feet.
In 2013, her luck almost ran out when she nearly drowned while surfing off the coast of Nazare, Portugal. While she's still recovering from the incident, Gabeira's back in the water and already preparing for her next encounter with surf of unusual size and power.