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Big wave surfer explores fear, empowerment in new children's book

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Courtesy of Hasumi Ajinomoto
Maya Gabeira surfs a wave in this undated photo.

Big wave surfer Maya Gabeira has added another achievement to her already impressive list of feats: children's book author.

The two-time Guinness World Record holder and seven-time World Surf League Big Wave Award winner has recently released her book "Maya and the Beast."

The book tells the story of a young, asthmatic girl who dreams of surfing big waves and was inspired by details from Gabeira's life — including her own years-long recovery from a 2013 wipeout that nearly killed her.

Gabeira joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the inspiration behind the new book.

Maya Gabeira will hold a book signing for "Maya and the Beast" at the La Jolla Riford Library in partnership with Warwick's on Friday, August 5th at 4:30pm. For details on the event, go here.

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Courtesy of Abrams Children’s Books
The book cover of "Maya and the Beast," written by big wave surfer Maya Gabeira and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, is shown in this undated image.