Cornish surfer Tom Butler rides biggest ever wave at 100ft high
Tom Butler 29 from Newquay believes the giant swell he conquered in Portugal was 100ft high and is awaiting verification by experts but Tom and onlookers are convinced that he has smashed the previous record. Evidence must now be submitted to the Word Surf League who will officiate the claim.
Tom said “Its the biggest wave surfed in the world this season and could beat the current big wave world record. it was like running away from a raging bull. when I was going down I thought holy f**k this is the fastest I’ve ever been. Time kinda slows down, it’s instinct really. I was doing everything to hold my balance. That’s when your training comes in- I do lots of gymnastics training to help keep me balanced. Its hard to say exactly how big it was, id say it was 20 times my height and I’m 6ft2. You don’t really see it behind you because your so concentrated on what’s ahead of you.”
Tom is no stranger to the waves the self-confessed adrenalin junkie made headlines around the world in 2015 after a serious crash at the Nazare where he was left with a lung injury and bleeding from the ear but after a quick recovery got straight back on his board.
Tom grew up surfing the waves at Fistral beach near his home in Newquay, since then he’s gone on to be one of the worlds best. He spends his life surfing the best most idyllic spots in the world.