But Andrew Cotton - who is credited with riding the biggest wave on the planet at 60ft in 2014 - says it hasn't put him off.Read the full story ›
One woman has died and two others injured after a crash near Braunton. The incident happened just after 5:30pm on Friday.
Emergency services were called to a crash involving a BMW and a Toyota Yaris on the A361 Knowle between Braunton and Mullacott Cross.
A 26 year old from the Ilfracombe area, who was a front seat passenger in one of the vehicles, died at the scene.
The two drivers were both taken to North Devon District Hospital and were treated for their injuries. The road was closed for around 7 ½ hours whilst an investigation took place at the scene.
Dramatic footage has emerged of a surfer being engulfed by a 60ft wave as he attempted to break a world record.
Andrew Cotton from Braunton in Devon escaped with a minor injuries when he fell and lost his surfboard in Nazare in Portugal on Saturday.
He was hit by a second wave, which he described "like being hit by a truck", before eventually being pulled to safety.
Cotton wants to be back in the water in the next fortnight. He is hoping to beat the current world record for the biggest wave ever surfed, which was set in Nazare in 2011 with a wave measuring 78ft.
A North Devon schoolgirl is raising awareness of an infection that almost cost her and her sister their lives.
Lydia Cross from Braunton and her younger sister Millie are now ambassadors for the Meningitis Research foundation.
Lydia has made national news in recent years for dealing so well with her prosthetic legs after having both legs amputated below the knee. Millie, though, was the more seriously ill at the time.
Two men who attacked a 65-year-old woman with a meat cleaver as they attempted to rob the shop she was working in in North Devon have today been sentenced.
Lee Prowse who asked for 15 other offences to be taken into consideration was jailed for seven years. While Jamie Latta was given a six year sentence.
Richard Lawrence was at Exeter Crown Court:
Tributes have been paid to a woman who died on a camping holiday in Braunton in Devon on Sunday.
20 year old Bethan O'Brien from Hampshire died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a campsite on Staunton Road.
Miss O'Brien has been described a kind and loving woman.
A grandmother who died from a massive brain haemorrhage could have been saved, were it not for a catalogue of errors from two of the region's biggest hospitals. Christine Smith from Braunton had symptoms which should have alerted doctors.
But Derriford in Plymouth and North Devon District in Barnstaple both failed to spot the seriousness of her condition. She died three days before a scheduled hospital appointment.
I absolutely understand how devastating this must have been for the family and would like to apologise once more for the failure to diagnose in this very sad case.We took this incident very seriously and carried out a full internal investigation, sharing the outcome face-to-face with the family in 2010.