In this episode of Behind the Lines Andrew Cotton heads to Nazaré during the St Jude storm for one of the craziest and scariest surfing sessions of his life. As he and tow partner Garrett McNamara chase monsters, fellow big wave charger Maya Gabeira’s lifeless body is pulled from the sea by her tow partner Carlos Burle, driving home the reality of the risks these athletes face in the most dangerous surf conditions on the planet. When Garrett decides to stop surfing Andrew is forced to make one of the toughest decisions of his big wave career. This is the behind-the-scenes story of one of the most famous days in big wave surfing history. Don’t miss it.
Director: Mikey Corker
Producer: Show ‘n Tell Media
Athletes: Andrew Cotton, Garrett McNamara, Maya Gabeira, Carlos Burle, Al Mennie, Kurt Rist, Richie Fitzgerald
The first in the instalment of 6 films from Epic TV documenting Andrew Cotton’s journey to surf the biggest wave
Very calculated, and gung ho,’ that’s how big wave surfing legend Garrett McNamara describes Andrew Cotton, the British big wave surfer who has spent the last few winters carving out a name for himself in the hallowed halls of global big wave surfing. Ride shotgun with Andrew through the heart of an epic winter season as he experiences intense highs and extreme lows in his hunt for the biggest waves on the planet. In this episode we take a look back at Andrew’s journey into the world of big wave surfing to help us understand how he ended up as one of only a handful of riders pushing the boundaries of possibility in a sport where success and failure are never far apart. From the frigid waves of Mullaghmore, Ireland, to record breaking sessions at Nazaré, Portugal, we’re in for a wild ride. The Story of Andrew Cotton’s Quest to Ride the Biggest Wave Ever | Behind the Lines, Ep. 1