Big wave surfer Andrew Cotton's day has not been going as planned. As he dropped into a behemoth of a wave, he lost his footing and got catapulted off his board, landing hard on his back a fair distance later. Cotton sustained a broken back, but was rescued and is recovering, thankful to be alive. Could this be one of the worst wipeouts ever captured?
Outside of his bipolar disorder, Andy Irons faced the ever-deepening struggle of a severe opioid addiction. While many of his family and friends were aware of his mental disorder, his drug habit often went overlooked. Only his closest friends, with whom he spent time together surfing on tour and partying thereafter, recognized his opioid addiction. To both him and his friends, the dangers were not always apparent, as the perils of these types of drugs have only recently become commonly known.
The Skeleton Coast of Namibia is the spot to be if you’re into getting barreled for minutes at a time. Where the Atlantic meets to sandy desert coast of Southern Africa is where the best surfers in the world come to play, dropping into cavernous tubes longer than we care to quantify. Check out this drone and POV angle from riding one of these monsters.
Anyone who knows surfing knows that Fiji's Cloudbreak is not for the faint of heart. Aussie surfer Laurie Towner is probably one of the most low-key surfers of the 21st century, but he still tackles some of the biggest waves in the game. He may live under the radar, but the massive, technical waves that Towner flawlessly rides at Cloudbreak are more than worthy of the spotlight. "You want to stay as calm as you can, and know when to relax in scary situations, as hard as that sounds," said