"Nazare gets pretty dangerous," said Cotton. "Itâ€™s not like most big wave spots where itâ€™s organized or goes into a channel. Itâ€™s like a beach break thatâ€™s all over the place. So safety, communication are key. Itâ€™s the only place I surf with a radio. And we have a backup safety ski. Itâ€™s pretty gnarly."
The night before a tow-in session, Cotton said, "We make sure we know whoâ€™s doing what. We work in little teams. Just knowing who youâ€™re working with. Like we were out this this swell with Keali'i Mamala and Hugo Vau, who Iâ€™ve surfed with a lot. But also with Will Skudin and Cliff Skudin from New York. I've surfed with them, but not tow-in." Surfer: Tom Butler
"One of Keali'i Mamala's waves looked ridiculous. He seems to have rubber legs: He went straight to the bottom and I thought he was going to get blown up. But he managed to come around the section and make it."