St Judes surfer goes for record wave
The debate was still raging yesterday as to whether a Westcountry surfer had ridden a world record breaking wave as he looked to take advantage of a huge swell caused by the weather build up to St Jude's storm.
While the rest of the country was sheltering from the clutches of St Jude's storm yesterday, Andrew Cotton from Braunton was attempting to take advantage of big swells off the north Portuguese coast at Nazaré on Monday morning.
It is estimated that the wave – which Cotton is shown above riding – peaked at 80ft, two foot above the 78ft world record into which he towed Garrett McNamara in November 2011. The potential danger of his exploits were underlined when Brazilian Maya Gabeira, was resuscitated on the beach after being pulled unconscious from the shore-break following a heavy wipeout.
"She's lucky she's alive," said Cotton, pictured left.
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"That was definitely the biggest surf I've ever seen – tricky, challenging and very dangerous."