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  • 4 February 2014, 9:36

British surfer rides 'biggest ever wave'

British surfer Andrew Cotton has tried to break his own world record by riding what could be the biggest ever wave.

The wave, which followed a storm in Nazare, Portugal, is estimated to have reached 24.3m (80ft) - larger than the 23.7m (78ft) record set by Cotton three months ago.

The 34-year-old was towed into position by a jet ski driven by US surfer Garrett McNamara after Atlantic storm Brigid hit the west coast of Europe.

He held his position for about 10 seconds before the wave consumed him.

"It was massive that morning and I knew there was potential to catch potentially record-breaking waves," Cotton told Sky News.

"As I turned around I looked at it and it was obviously a big wave, but I didn't realise how big it was going to be.

"There was obviously a bout of nerves."

Cotton travels the world in search of waves like the one he caught on Sunday.

"There is a lot of commitment and I'm lucky I've got an understanding wife and family," he added.

"It's a dream to ride these waves, for me.

"The really exciting thing about surfing is that you never know when there's going to be a bigger wave - it's not like mountain climbing where you can climb the highest mountain."

Video of the record attempt was shot by Jose Pedro Gomes as an entry in the Ride of the Year category of the 2014 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

A definitive ruling on whether the feat set a new world record will be made by the Billabong XXL judges in March.

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