Photos: XXL Wave World Record attempt at Nazaré

Andrew Cotton challenges the world record with a massive wave at Portugal's treacherous canyon.
By Brian Roddy
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The Swell Marches In
Nazaré, home to one of surfing's most iconic waves.
The Swell Marches In Nazaré, home to one of surfing's most iconic waves. © jeffflindt.com
Garret McNamara, The Silver Surfer
Garret McNamara, The Silver Surfer
Garret McNamara, The Silver Surfer Yep, that's a Mercedes Benz surfboard. Throw some rims on that thing G-Mac! © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 1
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 1
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 1 The saga begins. © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 2
Andrew Cotton's surfing an XXL wave in Nazaré, Portugal, February 2014
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 2 Andrew's locked in now. © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 3
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 3
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 3 And the lip begins to heave. © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 4
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 4
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 4 This is where things get interesting. © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 5
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 5
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 5 Might this win Ride of the Year? © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 6
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 6
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 6 Andrew started from the top, now he's here. © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 7
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 7
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 7 That white water's catching up with him... © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 8
Nazare
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 8 Now it's really on his heels. © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 9
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 9
Andrew Cotton's XXL Entry, Part 9 And boom. Just like that, Andrew is engulfed by the swell. © jeffflindt.com
Rescue Time
Rescue Time
Rescue Time Andrew is pulled to safety and luckily everyone makes it out of the swell unharmed. © jeffflindt.com
Andrew Cotton Deals With The Devil Wind
Andrew Cotton Deals With The Devil Wind
Andrew Cotton Deals With The Devil Wind You don't necessarily want to be doing chop-hops in waves this big. © jeffflindt.com
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