It was the best of winters for big wave surfers and it was the worst of winters. In this episode of Behind the Lines, Andrew Cotton, one of the men in the thick of it all, recounts amazing stories from his historic tow-in session with Garrett McNamara and gives us a peek into the logistical nightmare of a sport that relies on personal watercraft both for propulsion and for safety. When his PWC hook up fails at the last moment Andrew opts to surf macking Nazaré the old fashioned way, but will he catch a wave?
Andrew Cotton Recounts the Highs and Lows of Chasing Huge Surf in Nazaré | Behind the Lines, Ep. 3
In this 6-part series we take you inside one historic year with the British big wave surfer, Andrew Cotton. Cotty is the Super Mario of wave riders: a lifeguard, a plumber, and a mild-mannered family man who just happens to hunt monster waves. In 2013 the stars aligned and sent this underground charger a succession of massive swells, but it was up to him to be in the right spot and drop the tow rope when the time came. From the frigid tubes of Mullaghmoore, Ireland, to some of the biggest waves ever ridden in Nazaré Portugal, Cotty was there, etching his name into the history books with every ride. So pop some dramamine, sling on your thickest wetsuit, and hop on the back of the ski, we're bringing you along for the wildest ride of your life.
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