The UP Vest is put to the TEST

Andrew Cotton wipesout in Nazare and breaks back - Our UP VEST got him to the surface.

Andrew Cotton, 38, from Braunton in Devon, was at Nazare - renowned for its wild conditions - when he was filmed being wiped-out by the Atlantic wave.

He was rushed to hospital in a neck brace and has a fractured spine but is expected to make a full recovery.

"It won't put me off. Riding the big waves is what we live for," Cotton told BBC Sport.

Cotton, who was wearing a special vest over his wetsuit to protect him from impact, added: "It was a split second of misjudgement. Like an F1 driver taking a turn a fraction too fast. I knew it was bad."

He has previously ridden an 80ft (24m) wave on the same beach and in 2014 survived a fall on a huge wave caused by a storm on the Portuguese coast.


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