Devon surfer injured again in big wave wipe-out
A big wave surfer who broke his back in a massive accident last year has been seriously injured in another wipe-out.
Andrew Cotton, 39, was competing in the Punta Galea challenge, an event near Bilbao, Spain, on Sunday when his back leg was hit by a wave.
The cruciate ligament in his right knee has torn, which could take six months to heal.
He said: "It's like being hit by a lorry, and you can't train for that."
Posting a picture on social media, he said: "What can I say, you gotta pay to play. Absolutely gutted to get injured in the @puntagaleachallenge yesterday, this wave landed on my back leg and lit me up pretty intensely."
Mr Cotton, from Braunton, spent seven months out of action before returning to the water in June.
He underwent extensive rehabilitation at a clinic in Manchester, and has returned there following this latest setback.
He estimates he was under water for about 25 seconds, before lifeguards pulled him to safety.
He said: "I don't think people understand the force of being hit by that amount of water. It's like being hit by a lorry, and you can't train for that."
"It's gutting. It felt like it was all going so well and I was getting stronger and looking to peak in the second half of the season."