A surfer who broke his back reckons he’ll be riding waves again in a couple of months
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A British surfer who broke his back riding a wave in Portugal has said he hopes to be back in the water in a couple of months. Professional surfer Andrew Cotton suffered a wipe-out in Nazare, Portugal, and was quickly taken to hospital. He broke a vertebra in his lower back, but told BBC Breakfast: “I am being super positive and thinking I am going to be back surfing big waves again in a couple of months.” Footage of Cotton riding the wave was popular on social media, with more than 12,000 liking his post on Instagram. He wrote on the photo-sharing site: “What can I say, I got a little excited this morning and ending up having possibly the worst wipe-out impact wise of my life. “Thank you to all the lifeguards and crew on the beach who helped stabilise me and do a great spinal recovery.” Cotton, from Devon, told the breakfast show: “It seemed like it could have been the dream wave… it was going to be the biggest wave of my life or the worst wipe-out.” He said he planned to “go inside the barrel” of the wave, but quickly realised it “wasn’t going to do what I had planned”. “I instantly knew I was in trouble,” he said, calling the moment the wave crashed on him “the biggest impact I ever had”. Cotton spoke from his hospital bed in Leiria, Portugal. He said his back injury was stable and he would not need an operation.
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