Devon Man Rides Colossal Wave On Purpose

Andrew Cotton rides an 80ft wave (AP Photo/Miguel Barreira)

Andrew Cotton rides an 80ft wave (AP Photo/Miguel Barreira)

I love the smell of blimey! in the morning. It smells of… wait, what?

Look at this video clip. It shows a mad man from Devon deliberately going out into the kind of sea most people would think of as being unfriendly, and riding a plank back to shore.

And that’s not just a strange thing he has decided to do against the advice of health and safety professionals, he’s attempting to break his own world record for doing this very thing:

Andrew Cotton is the man in question, and that wave, which came after a storm in Nazare, Portugal on Sunday, is estimated to be 80ft tall. Bigger than the comparatively measly 78ft wave he rode three months ago, when setting his last world record.

Of course, this sort of a thing takes some preparation. Andrew needed towing into position by jet ski before the swell caught him, and the rest, as they say, is near fatality.

He told Sky News: “It was massive that morning and I knew there was potential to catch potentially record-breaking waves.

“As I turned around I looked at it and it was obviously a big wave, but I didn’t realise how big it was going to be.

“There was obviously a bout of nerves.”

Luckily a smaller wave soon washed that away and he was good to go.

Now Andrew has to wait until March to see whether his is indeed the biggest wave ever surfed (on purpose) by a live human, as part of the Ride of the Year category of the 2014 Global Big Wave Awards.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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