As we reported yesterday, Maya Gabeira surfed the first and second rounds of the Billabng Pro Rio Women's event. She was granted a wildcard by Billabong since it Rio is her hometown. It was interesting to see her on human-sized waves.
Gabeira left Rio years ago to pursue big wave surfing. She made the North Shore her home for several years and still spends winters there, racked up four consecutive Billabong XXL Womens Performance Awards, and completely elevated female big wave riding.
Gabeira doesn't usually surf contests unless they're in 40-foot meat grinders. In fact, she hasn't surfed a traditional contest since the Pipeline Womens Pro three years ago. She did, however, compete with the men last weekend in South America at the Mormaii Tow-In Laje de Jagua where she reportedly rode the biggest wave of the day. Her good friend Carlos Burle won with Eraldo Gueiro.
Gabeira wasn't able to find much in the small Rio surf, going down to Jessi Miley-Dyer and Carissa Moore in round one, then Coco Ho in round two. It was her first ever ASP event.
"It's just always so good to be at home. I love it, and was really stoked to have my family and friends with me in the contest," she said today.
Gabeira is loved in Brazil, as you might imagine. The rest of the week, she will be hanging with her family in Rio and watching the event.