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Brazilian surfer 'rides tallest wave' after St Jude storm

Carlos Burle is estimated to have surfed a 100ft wave at Praia do Norte, off the coast of Portugal. Photo:

A Brazilian surfer may have ridden the tallest wave in history after huge swells caused by the St Jude storm hit the European coast.

Carlos Burle is estimated to have surfed a 100ft wave at Praia do Norte, off the coast of Portugal.

His feat came moments after he helped rescue fellow surfer Maya Gabeira, 26, who was left unconscious by the giant waves and had to be taken to hospital.

Mr Burle told Surfer Today: "It was luck. We never know when we will be catching the wave. 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."

He is believed to have beaten the previous record set by Garret McNamara from Hawaii, who surfed a 78ft wave, according to the Guinness World Records.