Beyond the Board: The Untold Story of the World's Most Daring Big Wave Surfer (Hardcover)

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Beyond the Board: The Untold Story of the World's Most Daring Big Wave Surfer (Hardcover)

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From surfing legend Maya Gabeira comes this awe-inspiring memoir for teens about chartering your own course and making waves

Beyond the Board is the untold story of living legend Maya Gabeira who—at 25—broke her back and went on not only to recover but to hold the record for highest wave conquered by any big-wave surfer in the 2019–2020 winter season. Maya has been heralded as one of the top surfers of her generation, male or female—a legend in the making. But who is the ferocious personality beyond the board?

Maya’s memoir will chronicle her journey from a determined yet anxiety-plagued adolescent to the indomitable champion, Guinness World Record–holder, and role model she is today. Often called “Super Woman of surfing,” Maya didn’t pick up a board until age 15; before that, she was a ballet dancer. Just two years later, she left her home in Rio de Janeiro in order to chase waves around the world, toting a single backpack and waiting tables to get by. As a teen, Maya carved her own path, and her story is a remarkable one: a passion-driven young woman who learned never to flinch—even in the face of death.
Maya Gabeira is a Brazilian big-wave surfer best known for setting the 2018 Guinness World Record for biggest wave ever surfed by a woman and then breaking her own record in 2020 with a wave of 73.5 feet, the biggest surfed by anyone—male or female—that year. As an ESPY Award winner and seven-time Red Bull World Surf League Big Wave Awards winner, Gabeira is one of the most influential surfers of all time. She is also passionately committed to and a fierce advocate for restoring the world’s oceans. She lives in Nazaré, Portugal.
Product Details ISBN: 9781419760020
ISBN-10: 1419760025
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 20th, 2025
Pages: 336
Language: English