Surfer's deadliest challenge
A ST IVES man has become the first British person to surf one of the most dangerous spots on Earth.
Tom Lowe paddled into a 30ft swell at the legendary 'Killers' wave zone off Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico, to complete the ride of a lifetime.
The fearless 30-year-old has joined an elite club of surfers who have braved the notorious spot which often sees waves rise to 60ft.
Tom said: "No one from England has ever surfed this wave, or even from Europe."
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He believes the wave is the biggest to be surfed by a European.
"Achieving my personal first is a dream come true.
"These waves only come along every year or two. Riding the wave was everything I'd imagined it to be and more. From the moment I got into the boat and started heading out, I knew it was going to be spectacular – even the dolphins put on a show for us."
Tom was backed in his bid to fulfil a lifetime ambition of becoming the first Brit to conquer the waves by Vodafone First – a scheme which sees the mobile giant help people achieve extraordinary feats with the help of mobile technology.
The company connected Tom with on-the-ground experts and provided mobile technology that helped him track the swell from his home and identify exactly when the wave would arrive.
St Ives born Tom has surfed since he was 14 and has travelled the world in search of the perfect wave.
The leading UK surfer overcame a career-threatening injury last year to tackle the swells in Mexico on Saturday, January 25.
Surfers have lost their lives among the dangerous Todos Santos swell, but Tom was determined to achieve his goal and said he was well prepared for the challenge.
Moments after tackling the giant waves, Tom shared his success with his family in Cornwall via an internet video call.
Speaking of the event after he returned to dry land, he said: "I'm ecstatic. It feels wonderful to share the greatest moment of my surfing career with my family while I'm still buzzing."