British big wave legend Andrew Cotton knows a thing or two about the mountains of Nazare. After all, Cotty’s been there from the start after Garrett McNamara brought this beast in to the spotlight.
And Cotty’s been a mainstay ever since, holding the record for biggest wave ever surfed there right up until 2017.
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“I’m just doing what I love, and if I didn’t love it then I wouldn’t do it. There’s a tipping point – I’ve made so many sacrifices and I’m almost at the point of no return, like why would I give up now? You come so far… I could never imagine life without surfing or big waves.”
I don’t want like fifty of the biggest waves – just one or two and I’m stoked.
Cotty’s mindset has been laid out in new flick, Comfortable with the Uncomfortable. “I think that kind of mindset is in training, but also being in the ocean when the waves are crazy and massive,” he said about the film’s titling. “It takes a lot to be comfortable in those situations which takes time.
“That’s why I go back to treating the surfing journey as a marathon and not a sprint. You can’t expect to be comfortable in those situations overnight or just after a season — it takes time.
“Before any swell or before a surf, there’s board prep and attention to detail with the skis and all that stuff, those things have been going on for so long. It’s 10, 20 years of prep, not just the day before — it’s constant. That preparation with boards, jet skis is constant.”
Where do you go from here? “Next season, I want to be on every big swell, slowly improve, be fit and to get a couple of the biggest waves and the most critical lines. I don’t want like fifty of the biggest waves – just one or two and I’m stoked.”