“Andrew Cotton (Braunton, North Devon, United Kingdom) carves into a huge peak only to have the lip come down and send him into orbit at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017” – WSL
Just when it seemed to be going so well for big wave surfer Andrew Cotton, the lip breaks and he gets absolutely destroyed by the swell at Nazaré, Portugal.
According to the Mirror, one professional cameraman said it was the worst big wave wipeout he’d ever seen. Luckily, Cotton made it to the shore okay and was later transported to a nearby hospital with a broken back. We wish him the best during what will likely be a long and arduous recovery.
Get well soon Andrew!
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What can I say, I got a little excited this morning and ending up having possibly the worst wipeout impact wise of my life. Thank you to all the lifeguards and crew on the beach who helped stabilise me and do a great spinal recovery, I can’t name everyone but you all did your bit to get me safely to the hospital . Obviously huge shout out to the team: @mcnamara_s for the waves, @hugovau for rescue, company and laughs in the hospital and @polvo32 for the calls on the radio and friendship . I have broken my back but I’ve been really lucky, I’m already looking forward and focusing my energy to get fit and back out there on some more big rollers ! 🌊🙌🏽🇵🇹 • Footage comes from Wednesday while @go_dids was filming a documentary about @mcnamara_s's return to big wave surfing, produced by @polikromia
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Find the entire Mirror article here: Horrifying moment British surfer breaks back riding monster wave in one of the ‘heaviest wipeouts ever caught on camera’