British plumber may have set record for biggest wave ever surfed (video)

Posted at 3:01 PM, Feb 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-04 15:05:02-05

A part-time pro surfer and plumber from Britain may have set a record for the biggest wave ever surfed this past weekend.

34-year-old Andrew Cotton rode the 78-80ft monster in Nazaré, Portugal on Sunday after flying out from his home in Devon, England ahead of a storm forecast to produce huge waves, according to the Daily Mail.

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Cotton was towed up the monster wave by a jet ski piloted by current world record-holder Garrett McNamara, who rode a similar monster at Nazaré last year.

It was the first time the surfer called his wife to warn her of the conditions in his 10 years in the trade.

‘I’ve never ridden a wave like that,’ he said.

‘I was hurtling down it so fast, but I couldn’t get near the bottom. It was pushing me up all the time.

‘It makes you wonder how far we can push it, how high can you go?

‘It was scary. But you’re always in the hands of mother nature and that’s what’s exciting.’

Read more at the Daily Mail.