A surfer from the U.K. broke his back after trying to surf one of the world’s biggest waves.

The surfer is 36-year old Andrew Cotton. He rode the wave in Portugal, where waves can reach a height of almost 80 feet.

Cotton was thrown from his surfboard and slammed back-first into the water at high speed.

He is now recovering in a Portuguese hospital and already planning his return to the region after he recovers.

Posting a video of the wipeout on Instagram, Mr. Cotton wrote: “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.”

He added: “Thank you to all the lifeguards and crew on the beach who helped stabilise me and do a great spinal recovery, I can’t name everyone but you all did your bit to get me safely to the hospital.

“I have broken my back but I’ve been really lucky, I’m already looking forward and focusing my energy to get fit and back out there on some more big rollers.”

You can watch a video of the incident below:

What can I say, I got a little excited this morning and ending up having possibly the worst wipeout 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, I can’t name everyone but you all did your bit to get me safely to the hospital . Obviously huge shout out to the team: @mcnamara_s for the waves, @hugovau for rescue, company and laughs in the hospital and @polvo32 for the calls on the radio and friendship . I have broken my back but I’ve been really lucky, I’m already looking forward and focusing my energy to get fit and back out there on some more big rollers ! 🌊🙌🏽🇵🇹 • Footage comes from Wednesday while @go_dids was filming a documentary about @mcnamara_s’s return to big wave surfing, produced by @polikromia

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