WATCH: Brazilian surfer saves fellow rider, surfs biggest wave ever

TORONTO – Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle may have set a world record for the largest wave ever surfed but not before saving a fellow rider who nearly drowned in a super swell.

Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle rides a wave in Nazare, central Portugal, on October 28, 2013. (Photo credit: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images). (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

Burle caught the massive wave in Praia do Norte, just off Portugal’s central coast, Monday afternoon. The previous record was set by Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara in November 2011, when he rode a 78-foot-tall monster wave.

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(Photo credit: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images).

Burle rode the swell shortly after coming to the aid of fellow surfer Maya Gabeira, who nearly drowned after breaking her ankle while attempting to ride a wave.

(Photo credit: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images).

According to CBS News, initial estimates of the height of Burle’s wave were close to 100-feet-tall.

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(Photo credit: Miguel Barreira/AP Photo). AP Photo/Miguel Barreira

“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,” Burle told Surfer Today. “For me, it was a big adrenaline moment to get back there after what happened.”

Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira floats apparently unconscious before being rescued by fellow surfers. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Miguel Barreira).

Gabeira was face down in the ocean for a short time before Burle came to her aid and brought her to shore.

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Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle, left, rescues fellow surfer Maya Gabeira. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Miguel Barreira).

CPR was performed on Gabeira on the shoreline before she was taken to hospital, where she is currently recovering.

Surfers perform CPR on fellow surfer Maya Gabeira. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Miguel Barreira).

“My dear friends, a broken ankle. Nothing more… Some salt water, but you know!” Gabeira wrote on her Facebook page.  “I just need some prayer for a speedy recovery!!! Love u all.”

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Surfers Carlos Burle, right, and Garret McNamara, from the U.S., pose for a photo after Burle surfed a massive wave at the Praia do Norte, north beach. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Miguel Barreira).

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