She may be known for riding some of the biggest waves on earth, but pro-surfer Maya Gabeira is about to embark on a more land-locked activity.
The seven-time winner of the World Surf League Big Wave Award has a publishing deal with Abrams Children’s books and, according to the Associated Press, Gabeira will author two picture stories and a young adult memoir.
Gabiera’s first picture book Maya and the Beast comes out August 2 with illustrations by Ramona Kaulitzki.
“It’s been a dream of mine to share my story with children, in my own words, for a long time,” Gabeira said. “’Maya and the Beast’ is based on my own story: from a shy, asthmatic child to world record holder in the male-dominated sport of big wave surfing.”
Gabeira holds the Guinness World Record for surfing the highest wave ever by a woman – a massive 73 foot plus wave in Nazaré, Portugal in 2020.