• Quite possibly the Ride of the Year, most definately the heaviest tube by a female

Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira pulls off one of the heaviest tube rides ever by a woman in the history of surfing at Teahupoo, Tahiti in October 2009.

"I was so stoked to get that tube, it felt so good! I couldn't see much because of the spit, I was surfing blind using my instincts only, and it felt great to come out of it," says Maya.

The latest entry in the Ride of the Year category of the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.   Watch it.
"I'm more comfortable out at Teahupoo after a few years of surfing there now. I felt like I knew the wave more. I'm more confident picking my line. Manoa Drollet towed me into that wave. I couldn't ask for anyone better, right?   He knows the wave so well, and a lot of credit goes to the driver when surfing these kinds of waves."
- Maya Gaberia