Incredible: Video of surfer setting 78-foot big wave record

Brazilian surfer Burle gets world attention when he achieves new heights

Warning: this video is not for the faint of heart. What you’re about to see is Brazil’s Carlos Burle ride along what may very well be a new world record wave.

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The ride happened this past week, and so it’s still a bit too early to tell the exact height of the wave just yet. Early estimates have it pinned as a 78-foot’er, and if that’s the case, Burle just rode himself into the record books.

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For those curious, this monster surge took place off the coast of Nazare, Portugal, in a spot known for regularly serving up big wave after big wave after big wave. The timing of Burle catching the ride of his life is worth noting: it was to the end of a long day that saw the Brazilian boarder save his tow partner from a near drowning incident. He was simply out there to wrap up the day when this behemoth wave was bestowed upon him.

“After rescuing Maya and getting her off to the hospital I went back out,” said Burle in a phone interview. “The wind had come up and it was getting pretty bumpy and ugly, but I knew there would be a window. All I wanted was one wave, for some reason I felt like I had earned it.”

While riding the wave though, his thoughts were on his towing partner, though.

“I was just thinking of her the whole time,” Burle continued. “Things could have been a lot different, but when I knew she was going to be okay I felt like it was important to go back out and try to catch at least one wave.”

In terms of what this means for Burle moving forward, he’ll likely earn some nominations at the Billabong XXL Awards (if he participates). He may also end up with a world record tied to his name after it’s properly measured by Guinness.

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“Anybody could have ridden that wave, I was just lucky to be in the right place at the right time,” said Burle. “The most important part about surfing is that you go out with your friends and you come back with them. Everything else is just extra.”

Video of Burle riding the 78-foot wave below:

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Amazing Story: Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen to race 3 months after horrific crash

Following incredible recovery, Finish driver is back behind the wheel

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Let me be honest here: if I suffered the injuries that Global RallyCross driver Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen suffered three months ago, the last thing I’d be doing right now is getting back behind the wheel and getting ready for an upcoming race.

Here are some of the highlights:

Shattered left ankle—in 15 different places
Internal injuries
Damaged urethra
Plenty of other minor cuts, stitches, bumps, and bruises.

The banged-up dude had surgery to insert a plate and seven pins to get his ankle to heal properly during a five-day stay in an LA hospital. When he was let out, he returned to his home in Joensuu, Finland, where he continued his recovery.

Heikkinen had the cast removed August 6, his boot off in mid-August and he started walking on his foot Sept. 3 (three weeks ago!) He began physical therapy the same week.

Just to re-cap as to what caused all of this, the 21-year-old driver crashed during a RallyCross practice for the X-games Los Angeles event when he tried to clear a 50-foot-gap but instead went headfirst into a metal jump ramp. Here’s video of the incident and a warning – if you don’t like seeing people crash headfirst into things, especially at high rates of speed, then you might want to skip this video.

If not, check it:

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Pretty gnarly stuff, right? Well that was three months ago and now Heikkinen is getting ready to race again.

“There is no question — I plan to post the fastest time and take home the win,” Heikkinen said in a release. “The crash was a minor setback, but I’m fully recovered now, and thanks to the support of my team at OMSE [Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution] and my sponsor, Bluebeam Software, I am ready to get back on the track and show what this new car can do.”

Now, given that he totaled his last car, he’s going to have to race a new one. This time around he’ll be behind the wheel of a new 2012 OMSE Ford Fiesta:

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It features a 600-horsepower Ford Duratech 2.0 liter engine with Garrett Turbo that will deliver 650 foot-pounds of torque at the wheels and is capable of going 0-60 in less than two seconds.

Heikkinen is scheduled to practice the new car Tuesday and Wednesday and if all goes well (knock on wood), he’ll race this Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

From the makers of the best portable speaker in the world to the craziest mo-fo rallycross driver on the circuit, best of luck man. Best of luck.

Extreme sport athletes make their way into off-road racing – sport suddenly becomes more awesome

SuperLite Championship rises in popularity due to sudden proliferation of celebs and athletes

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Ever hear of the SuperLite Championship before? It’s okay – I haven’t either.

But this sport’s stock is rising crazy fast because a bunch of surf, skate, BMX, and Motocross athletes and celebs are all suddenly getting into it.

Basically, a bunch of stadium-style spec-trucks compete against one another in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and a handful of other special events. What’s awesome about it is that anyone and everyone can compete via the series’ Arrive & Drive program. No need to secure advertisers or race team — SuperLite basically acts kind of like the entrance exam for participation in the professional-level short course off-road racing.

It kind of explains why everyone is suddenly into this sport — it appeals to all groups, from extreme sport adrenaline junkies to motorsport enthusiasts to professional athletes who just like the idea of going out there to take ass and kick some names.

Strike that, reverse it

The series started in 2009 and can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports, Speed TV, NBC Sports, and MavTV. Sponsors of the series include Exotic Engine Development, Justice Brothers, VP Racing Fuel, Lucas Oil, Safety Kleen, and more.

Check out some of the more popular current and former extreme sport celebs on the circuit:

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X Games now in Brazil, Germany, and Spain

Join L.A., Aspen, and Tignes to host X Games starting in 2013

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Exciting news: ESPN announces that they’re bringing their X Games series to three brand spanking new countries starting next year.

The X Games will now travel to b-e-a-utiful Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany; and Barcelona, Spain. They will join cities already on the circuit Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif.; and Tignes, France.

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