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Woman surfer nearly drowns as St Jude’s gale creates off Portugal some of the biggest waves to ever be conquered by boards
- Father-of-two Andrew Cotton, 34, took on the monster waves at Praia do Norte, near Nazare at 8am yesterday
- Beach known among surfers for huge waves because it picks up full brunt of violent Atlantic storm swells
- Maya Gabeira, from Brazil, nearly drowned and had to be resuscitated on the beach after falling on a wave
PUBLISHED: 14:34 EST, 28 October 2013 | UPDATED: 20:55 EST, 28 October 2013
Father-of-two Andrew Cotton, 34, of Croyde, North Devon – who is a part-time professional surfer, plumber and lifeguard – took on the monster waves off the coast of Portugal at Praia do Norte, near the sleepy fishing village of Nazare at around 8am yesterday morning.
Married Mr Cotton, whose wife Katie and two children Honey, six, and Ace, one, are currently braving the storm at home on the Devon coast, was towed into the waves by his US surfing partner Garrett McNamara.
Daredevil surfer Carlos Burle rides down what is believed to be one of the biggest waves ever conquered at Nazare, Portugal. The exact size of the wave Burle rode is yet to be determined, but it is believed to be close to challenging McNamara’s feat from earlier this year. The incredible moment was captured from the hillside overlooking the bay by Portugese photographer To Mane.
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