Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira has been credited with setting a world record for the largest-ever wave surfed by a female earlier this year.
The 31-year-old Gabeira caught the 20.72 meter wave in January off the coast of Nazare, Portugal.
The record was confirmed this week, and Gabeira was recognized for her achievement at a ceremony in Portugal.
It is the first time a woman was recognized for a biggest wave award in a separate category, something Gabeira herself had lobbied for since 2013.
That year she was knocked off her board and nearly drowned attempting to catch a giant wave in Nazare.
Some of the largest surfable waves in the world routinely form off the coast of Nazare each year. Scientists say a combination of weather conditions and underwater geological formations contribute to the phenomenon. (VOA)
Australian environmental activists said on Tuesday that they have developed a surf wax formula that helps neutralize ocean acidification.
SmartWax, a brand manufacturing the formula, comes with the image of global leaders that deny climate change, such as US President Donald Trump, the non-profit responsible for the project, Clean Ocean Foundation Australia, told Efe news.
Surfers commonly apply the wax on the board before going into the sea as it helps to prevent them slipping.
From January 2020, they will also include the face of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
About 25 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions, one of the planet’s major polluters, are absorbed by oceans, contributing to their acidification and endangering marine life and ecosystems.
According to Unesco data, if measures are not taken to reverse its effects before 2100, more than 50 per cent of marine life will be extinct.
“We can no longer afford to sit by and watch our oceans turn to acid and marine environments turn into a wasteland. SmartWax shows that we can all shape a better future for our ocean if we stick to it,” Clean Ocean Foundation CEO John Germill said in a statement.