Andrew “Cotty” Cotton gets sent flying at Nazaré after baling on a monster wave. The crash was so heavy that Cotty’s back-breaking wipeout earned him SURFER’s “Crash of the Year” honors. Reports are that Cotty won by an absolute landslide.

Cotty hails from Devon, England and moonlights as a plumber. HE posted on his Instagram hours after the wave broke his back, “I’m already looking forward and focusing my energy to get fit and back out there on some more big rollers,” Cotty did just that with his return to Praia do Norte, Portugal to competed in the WSL’s Big Wave Tour event, the 2018 Nazaré Challenge.

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