Experts believe the biggest wave ever surfed may now belong to British surfer Andrew Cotton. After conquering what many believe was a 78-80 foot wave in Nazare, Portugal, on Sunday, photographic evidence now heads to a judging committee at Billabong; a decision on a short list of nominees will be made in May.
“I’ve never ridden a wave like that,” said Mr. Cotton, the Daily Mail reported. “I was hurtling down it so fast, but I couldn’t get near the bottom. … It was pushing me up all the time. … It makes you wonder how far we can push it, how high can you go? … It was scary. But you’re always in the hands of mother nature and that’s what’s exciting.”
After having spent four hours in dangerous conditions, the surfer finally found a wave he might have a chance at. With the help of a jet ski he was towed up the massive wave, at which point he began his decent.
“I am so lucky to be able to do this,” said Mr. Cotton, who supports his two children as a part-time pro surfer, plumber and lifeguard. “It’s not like skiing — if you find the biggest mountain, that’s it. Waves are always changing and surfers can never know what’s coming.”
The surfer is now working on a documentary with Epic TV on the waves of Nazare, the Daily Mail reported.