Surfer May Have Set New Record by Riding 100+ Foot Wave (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A hurricane called "St. Jude" hit parts of Europe on Monday killing eleven people and causing massive property damage, but some surfers welcomed the storm in Praia do Norte, Portugal.

According to The Independent, surfer Carlos Burle may have ridden a wave over 100 feet high near the fishing village of Nazare (video below).

If true, Burle will have set a new world record and broken the old one by Garrett MacNamara in January, which was 100 feet.

"At one stage there was a bit of shouting and screaming," Burle told The Telegraph. "Everyone was so excited you know, and I was just shouting back at them, telling them that it’s just another big day, that everyone had to stay focused. It was luck."

Another surfer, Maya Gabeira, was knocked unconscious in the surf, almost drowned and had to be taken to a nearby hospital.

"We never know when we will be catching the wave," added Burle. "I still hadn't surfed any wave and everyone had already had their rides. Maya almost died. For me, it was a big adrenaline moment to get back there after what happened."

Sources: The Independent and The Telegraph