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Monster Wave KO's Brit Surfer

Andrew Cotton is a seasoned big wave surfer but this absolute monster took him for a ride in Portugal.

Big wave surfing is not for the faint of heart, with big swells and even bigger dumps turning the risk factor up to ten.

This shocking footage surfaced showing the moment Cotton zipped along the face of the growing wave before trying to outrun it as it closes in. He was wiped out on the colossal wall of water, dumped into the white water and left with 12 broken vertebrae.

The 36 year old was rescued from the water and placed on a spinal board before being taken to hospital.

He recounts the moment he knew he was in trouble, saying he jumped off the board, something he's never done before.

He's already on the road to recovery and looking towards his next big break.

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