North Devons big wave surfer Andrew Cotton has broken his back in a significant wipeout in Nazaré. The plumber from Braunton was captured on camera as he was swallowed by the monster wave at the surfing hotspot in Portugal. Andrew - known to his friends as Cotty - posted on social media to his followers from his hospital bed, confirming he had broken his back. His latest post on Facebook said: So youve probably seen by now, I had a significant wipeout today at Nazaré. Split second decisions are neither right or wrong, but they can have consequences. Im so grateful to everyone in the sea and on land who did a text book rescue to get me safely to hospital without further injury. I cant name them all but will thank everyone properly soon when Im able to. Ive got a dodgy vertebrae but no complications so will heal quickly. Looking forward to the rehab already. This footage is from @go_dids with @polikromia over on Insta while he was filming for Garrett McNamara. The shocking video has been viewed tens-of-thousands of times, with many in the surfing community wishing Cotty a speedy recovery. Cotty is famed for his big wave surfing - in 2013 he made headlines when he surfed an 80ft ride at the same spot in Praia do Norte.