Carlos BURLE

Carlos BURLE
Recife, BR


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49 years old

Hi, my name is Carlos Burle. My discipline is surfing big wave. My friends call me Burle. I was born on 9 November 1967 in Recife, Brazil. My special talent is surfing big waves - enormous waves.... My philosophy of life is go beyond expectations and always break barriers. The most important person in my life is my mother. My favourite food is organic and natural food. My favourite music is whatever fits the moment.


Ever heard of Pernambuco State, in Brazil? It's the country's best big wave zone. So, it should be no surprise that Carlos Burle, one of Brazil's best big wave surfers, comes from there.

Carlos was Brazil's first ever big wave freesurfer. Rewind to 2001, and some of the biggest news to hit the surfing world that year was Carlos bouncing down the face of the biggest wave ridden to date at the time, a Mavericks, California bomb that clocked 68 feet [20.7m]. 

But before that, way back in 1990, Carlos was Brazil's first big-wave champ. Two years later, he surfed what was then called the 'wave of the century' at Off the Wall, in Hawaii. Later, in '98, Carlos won the Big Wave World Championships, using his arms (no ski!) to scratch into avalanches at Bahía de Todos Santos, Mexico.

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos' day-to-day life, when he's not glued to weather forecasts, consists of stretching, swimming, bodybuilding, as well as balance and cardiovascular exercises. On the flip-side, he digs yoga, reiki, meditation, and acupuncture.

In October 2013, Carlos stole headlines when he rode arguably the biggest wave ever at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. The monstrous wave was reportedly over 100 feet [30.5m] in height. Speaking after the event, Carlos simply said: “I don’t want to be the one who calls it. It’s hard to tell. Someone else can tell me how big it was.”

The Brazilian also saved fellow big wave surfer Maya Gabeira's life after she was swallowed by the gigantic wave earlier the same day. “I’m good. Maya is good too. That’s the most important thing,” says Carlos. “It was a crazy day. I nearly lost my friend.”

Even after a career spanning the best part of three decades surfing terrifying waves (with no signs of slowing), Carlos still respects his strongest emotion when he's staring down the barrel of a two-wave hold down: “Fear is an extremely important tool for me,” he says. “Fear lets you know the limit.”

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Peaking: A Big Wave Surfer's Perspective - Carlos Burle - Part (2/6)

"Peaking - A Big Wave Surfer's Perspective" is a new, six-part original series from that will feature six different athletes at six different waves and document the intense 72-hour window around major swell events. In the second installent of "Peaking" we follow Carlos for an intense 24-hrs as he prepares for and surfs the swell of the year at Teahupo'o.

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The Biggest Surf Story of the Year - Maya Gabeira's Brush with Death

On October 29, one of the largest swells in recent memory hit Nazaré, off Portugal's majestic coast. It attracted big-wave surfers from around the world, including two of the most admired, Carlos Burle and Maya Gabeira. If you follow the news closely, you probably know what happened. If you don't, here's a quick recap: Carlos surfed what many believe to be the largest wave ever surfed, while Maya nearly drowned as she charged what could have been the largest wave ever surfed by a woman.

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Towing into Big Wave Bombs at XXL Nazaré | Sessions

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Carlos Burle at Nazaré • 2014 XXL Biggest Wave Nominee • Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards

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