Surfer Suffers Broken Back After Giant Wipeout
Andrew Cotton was surfing off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal when he went up against a giant, 50-foot wave and lost.
The 36-year-old adrenaline junkie ended up breaking his L2 vertebra and says he’s feeling a little sore. “I pulled up over a lump. I knew it wasn’t going to barrel or that I wasn’t going to outrun it, so I just hit the eject button and thought, [eff], I gotta get out of this,” he told Magicseaweed.
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 . Obviously huge shout out to the team: @mcnamara_s for the waves, @hugovau for rescue, company and laughs in the hospital and @polvo32 for the calls on the radio and friendship . 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 ! • Footage comes from Wednesday while @go_dids was filming a documentary about @mcnamara_s's return to big wave surfing, produced by @polikromia