Andrew Cotton says his job is to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment. He travels the world, searching out the biggest waves and riding them – spectacular 60 and 70 footers that roil across the Atlantic and smash into the coast in places like Nazare, in Portugal.
Cotton is based in Devon, where the surf rolls in at a much more manageable height, but he’s always ready to drop everything when his forecasts tell him there are big waves in the offing somewhere in Europe.
Now though, in a special video produced in association with G-SHOCK, instead of waiting for the waves to come to them in the usual spots on battered shorelines, Cotton and two other adventurers are seeking them out.
Along with Matt Knight, a world class sailor and explorer who has sailed around the world a number of times, and Hugo Vau, a champion surfer and free diver who can plunge to depths of 40 metres without oxygen, he is on the hunt – searching for never before surfed waves far off Portugal’s Atlantic coast, where the swells can reach heights of 80 feet or more.
Months of planning and preparation go into the hunt. The trio scour navigation charts and survey the sea to find the best spots for the world’s biggest waves.
And then they wait.
Because it’s not just location that determines the perfect wave, it’s also the temperature, the air pressure, tides and water depth: all things that can be measured or displayed by the new G-SHOCK Gulfmaster GWN-Q1000.
With quad sensors for the first time, and a discrete LCD screen, it’s the flagship piece in G-SHOCK’s sea range, and the ideal companion on the water.
For Cotton, it’s a vital piece of kit as he travels the oceans in search of the perfect wave.
The full edit of The Journey is available to view now. Watch it on the G-SHOCK website here.