Cover shot, Justine on a wave in November 2019 -- not the wave in question
News has just been released that Maya Gabeira has broken her own world record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman, pipping Justine Dupont to the post by a meagre 2 or 3 feet. But Justine has now spoken out over her disappointment of the decision, saying that the wave should be finished in order to be counted.
We remember seeing Justine's wave – and we've seen just about every XXL wave to throw down at Nazare. And at the time, agreed it's likely that would break the record, which it did, beating Maya's old record of 68ft. Justine's would have capped out around 71ft. Dupont did win Ride of the Year and Performance of the Year award, but it's the biggest wave in the world that she wants.
“The WSL announced that the record for the biggest wave surfed would be awarded to a surfer who does not finish her wave?” Writes Justine.
“I decided to smile about it even though I am deeply hurt to be subjected to a decision that I believe is totally unfair. I'm especially disappointed and ashamed of this league which claims to represent our sport.
“They are based on a report from scientists who use the word "approximate" in front of each of their statements?
"It is stipulated among other things that:
*The size of the 2 surfers is approximately identical: FALSE (at + or - 10cm).
*Our two waves are approximately the same distance from the photographer: FALSE these are 2 different peaks on the biggest beach break in the world.
*They define the bottom of the wave of the other surfer about 2m below where the lip of the wave breaks.
*They also used images that were submitted after the deadline date.
"And way more other things without answers.
"For the wave of men they managed without scientists to give an exact height of 70ft. For women after postponing for 1 month the decision and consulting a dream team of scientists they come to the conclusion that the other girl’s wave is "approximately 2 or 3ft bigger".
"At first I wanted to scream, then cry, but eventually I prefer to keep smiling and my head held high.
"They won't take away the pride and pleasure I have in surfing those big waves. Thank you all for your messages. Thanks to the surf community and locals in Nazare for your support. I am surrounded by an incredible team and people, I am fortunate to be supported by partners who believe in me, I am aware of it and fulfilled. The season is starting and I know that I can surf even bigger waves without waiting for any records from them."
See the full post on Justine's IG HERE.
Take a peep at Justine's wave above, and Maya's then let us know which you think is biggest. Either way, congrats to Maya and Justine for pushing the limits at Nazare. Bring on this season.