Video: ‘Record breaking’ Croyde surfer appears on Newsnight

Surfer Andrew Cotton speaking to Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight on Wednesday.

Surfer Andrew Cotton speaking to Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight on Wednesday. - Credit: Archant

Croyde plumber Andrew Cotton is waiting to hear if he has officially surfed the largest wave in the world.

A SURFER from Croyde appeared on BBC Newsnight yesterday (Wed) after riding what is thought to the world’s biggest wave.

Andrew Cotton, rode the giant wave, thought to measure around 80 feet, at Nazare in Portugal during the height of the St Jude storm on Monday.

He was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight yesterday, who asked the surfer if going under compared to ‘being in a washing machine’.

He also questioned the plumber on how it felt to ride a wave, and what speeds he thought he had reached.

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The official world record for wave size stands at 78 feet, which was surfed by Garrett McNamara at the same spot in 2011. McNamara was towed into the wave by Cotton.

On Monday, Brazillian Carlos Burle caught a similar sized beast shortly after Cotton.

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It is now down to the Billabong XXL judges and the Guinness World Records to decide if a new world record has been made.

Peter Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, said everyone was extremely proud of Cotton.

He said: “Whatever happens this is a tremendous accomplishment for Cotty.

“It is without a doubt the biggest wave ever ridden by a Briton, and potentially a world record.

“Everyone is really proud of him, and it is particularly fitting that the man who opened our surfing museum has created his own piece of British surfing history.”

Watch the video of Andrew Cotton talking to Paxman above.

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