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Cotty’s big wave ride comes to the big screen

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 09, 2013


Andrew Cotton, from Braunton, riding the enormous 80ft wave off the Portuguese coast in October. Picture: Bruno Aleixo

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Arguably Devon’s most famous surfer is to relive the big-wave ride which catapulted him to national recognition at a special homecoming event.

Andrew Cotton, from Braunton in North Devon, shot to fame in October when he rode a monster wave off the north Portuguese coast at Nazaré.

The roller, which came during the deadly St Jude storm, was estimated at about 80ft – rivalling the 78ft world record into which he had towed surfer Garrett McNamara in November 2011.

During the session, Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira was pulled unconscious from the shore-break following a heavy wipeout and was resuscitated on the beach before being whisked to hospital.

Cotty, as he is known by locals, is back from his latest trip and will give a talk to coincide with the premiere of the film documenting the potentially record-breaking ride tomorrow.

The event is being organised by the Museum of British Surfing and takes place at The Thatch pub in Croyde, with two planned screenings, at 7.30pm and 9pm.

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