Wipe out! Is this the moment Andrew Cotton, a plumber from Devon, broke the world record for the biggest wave ever surfed?
Andrew Cotton, 34, tackled the monster wave in storm seas off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal, on Sunday
Monday 03 February 2014
These remarkable pictures show the moment plumber and professional surfer, Andrew Cotton, may have broken the record for the largest wave ever surfed.
Cotton, 34, tackled the monster wave in stormy seas off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal, on Sunday.
The photographs are taken on the notorious Praia do Norte beach near the fishing village of Nazare on Portugal's Atlantic coast. The beach is a favourite spot for extreme surfers thanks to its huge waves.
Estimating the size of the wave experts have suggested it could be at least as big as the 80ft wall of water that Cotton rode in October of last year.
Local photographer Bruno Aleixo told the North Devon Journal that the wave looked as big as his earlier effort.
Cotton, along with fellow extreme surfer, Garrett McNamara, who had been tempted to fly to Portugal from his home in Hawaii amid rumours of a massive swell, both caught a huge wave each.
Mr Cotton told the North Devon Journal: "It was victory at sea, really. I got one wave, as did Garrett.
"It was stormier, so way harder to drive the jet ski and surf. It was bordering on not surfable."
Whether or not the waves that Cotton rode in October, and then again yesterday have beaten the world record will be decided by Billabong XXL judges in March.
The current world record for the biggest wave ever surfed is held by Garrett McNamara who successfully surfed a 78ft wave off Nazaré in November 2011.
Spectators watch as huge waves crash into the beach.
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 4 Amy Schumer: 'I'm 160lbs and can catch a d**k any time I want'
- 5 Isis executes three gay men by dangling them from top of 100ft building and letting go
Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who left house after argument with her parents
School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
Amy Schumer: 'I'm 160lbs and can catch a d**k any time I want'
Isis executes three gay men by dangling them from top of 100ft building and letting go
Alton Towers crash: Four guests seriously injured as Smiler ride carriages collide
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
Russian 'aggression' sees Poland rearm its military as minister warns: 'We must be ready'
£40000 - £47000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A 3rd Line Virtualisation / Sto...
£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A successful national service f...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£17500 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We currently require an experie...