Burle, Carlos

Hard-charging but gentlemanly big-wave surfer from Recife, Pernambuco, in northeast Brazil; winner of the 1998 Reef Brazil Big Wave World Championship, and the 2009 Big Wave World Tour. Burle was born (1967) and raised in Recife, the son of a chicken farmer, and began surfing at age 13. Four years later he was the third-ranked juniors division amateur surfer in the country, and in 1987 he turned pro, finishing fifth that year on the Brazilian domestic pro tour. Burle developed a taste for big...