Andrew Cotton, 36, from Braunton, Devon, came off his board while riding a colossal wave in Nazare on Wednesday
SHOCKING footage has emerged showing the moment a Brit surfer broke his back in a monster wipeout.
Andrew Cotton, 36, from Braunton, Devon, was in Nazare, Portugal, when he came off his board while riding a colossal wave on Wednesday.Hair-raising footage shows the world-record-setting big wave rider zipping along on his board as a giant wall of water rises behind him.The surfer races along as he tries to outrun it as it closes in on him.But the raging white water eventually catches up to Andrew and swallows him up – before spitting him back out.The part-time plumber was rescued from the water and placed on a spinal board before being rushed to a local hospital.
Andrew was now told of the terrifying moment of impact that left him with 12 broken vertebrae
He said: “I jumped off my board – I very rarely do that.”
I just hit the eject button and thought, f*** I gotta get out of this.”Then a whole world of pain happened.”
Andrew – nicknamed Cotty – thanked well-wishers and fans.He said: “What can I say, I got a little excited this morning and ending up having possibly the worst wipeout, impact-wise, of my life. “Thank you to all the lifeguards and crew on the beach who helped stabilise me and do a great spinal recovery. “I can’t name everyone but you all did your bit to get me safely to the hospital.”
Andrew continued: “I have broken my back but I’ve been really lucky.
“I’m already looking forward and focusing my energy to get fit and back out there on some more big rollers!”
Andrew is credited with having surfed the biggest wave on the planet at Praia do Norte.