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Surfer Alex Botelho was in hospital in stable condition on Tuesday night after a horrific incident during the inaugural Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge on the central coast of Portugal, which boasts some of the biggest waves in the world.

Spanish surfer Axier Muniain drops in on a large wave during Nazare Tow Challenge at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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LISBON: Surfer Alex Botelho was in hospital in stable condition on Tuesday night after a horrific incident during the inaugural Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge on the central coast of Portugal, which boasts some of the biggest waves in the world.

Canadian-born big wave circuit regular Botelho was competing for Portugal in the team competition when the jetski taking him out of the impact zone was thrown high into the air by two waves colliding.

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The unconscious surfer was tossed around in the violent surf before support staff managed to get him to the beach, put him on a backboard and get him to an ambulance.

"Big wave surfer Alex Botelho was involved in a very serious incident during the Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge," the World Surf League (WSL) said in a statement.

"He was rushed to the hospital and we now have an update on his condition. Currently, he is stable and conscious. He will stay at the hospital for further evaluation.

"A heartfelt thank you to the safety and medical teams for their quick response. We are wishing Alex a full and speedy recovery."

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Further details on his injuries and condition were not immediately available.

Nazare's monstrous waves are magnified by an underwater canyon 5km (three miles) deep which ends where the North Atlantic meets the shoreline near the fRead More – Source