A Brazilian surfer may have just toppled the world record for riding the biggest wave.
Carlos Burle took off on a mountain of a wave on Monday off the now-famous big wave spot of Nazare on Portugal's central coast.
Initial estimates of the wave's height put it bigger than the 31-metre record set by Hawaiian Garrett McNamara in January.
McNamara also holds the certified record for tow-in surfing a wave, also set at Nazare, for riding a 24-metre behemoth in 2011.
Burle's ride also happened shortly after he rescued his surfing friend Gabeira, who nearly drowned after being overcome by the wild foam.
"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," Burle said.
Gabeira needed medical attention on the beach and was taken to hospital. she is reportedly doing well and only sustained a broken ankle.