Andrew Cotton

Andrew Cotton about to get pounded by wave at Nazare, Portugal, after wiping out. Photo was posted on Andrew Cotton’s Instagram account

On the same day he caught a wave estimated to be 60 feet tall, big-wave surfer Andrew Cotton was swallowed up and pounded by a similar wave, and then endured the beating of subsequent waves before he was towed to safety.

Cotton, 35, of North Devon, U.K., was among six big-wave surfers challenging the huge waves at world-famous Nazare, Portugal, in the past week.

Footage of Saturday's wipeout and his finally being towed out by a Jet Ski rescuer was posted by Cotton's filming partner Mikey Corker:

After wiping out, Cotton surfaced too far from the Jet Ski rescuers and was pummeled by oncoming waves despite ducking under them.

"The next four waves broke on my head and it felt as though my arm had snapped with the pressure," Cotton told MailOnline. "Then I felt a shooting pain up my arm. The wipeout was intense but not that bad, although I was under for quite a long time, about 15 seconds."


Andrew Cotton readies to duck under wave at Nazare, Portugal. Photo is a screen grab from the video

After surviving subsequent waves, Cotton was finally pulled to safety.

"Success in big-wave surfing is often based on how you deal with wiping out in these life-threatening waves," Cotton told MailOnline. "The natural instinct is to fight and swim to the surface, but that is the last thing you should do. You have to relax and go with it. Holding your breath is a complete mind game, everyone can hold their breath for a few minutes, but you have to stay calm and believe in yourself."

Earlier, Cotton rode a wave that gave him his third XXL Big Wave contest entry of the season, but it was nowhere near a record.

In November 2011, Garrett McNamara set a Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever ridden at 78 feet, and a year later rode a 100-foot wave—both were at Nazare.

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