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Sidmouth's 'super surfer'

Adam Amin, 19, from Sidmouth surfing a 'liquid mountain' Photo: Richard Hallman, WSL
Super surfer Adam Amin Credit: Richard Hallman, WSL

These incredible pictures show the moment an amateur surfer from Devon conquered one of the world's biggest waves - a 50ft monster like 'a liquid mountain'.

Adam Amin, 19, was turned away from the competition in Maui, Hawaii as it was only open to professional surfers.

But he found a way into the water and gave it a go and got in perfect position to ride the beast, known as 'Jaws'.

In doing so he became one of only a handful of British surfers to accomplish the incredible feat.

Adam had tried to sneak past security at 5.30am to get into the competition but he was caught and turned away.

Undeterred, he decided to enter the water in a harbour five miles away but was unable to find anyone to take him to the surf spot.

He then started paddling the five miles to the wave but was approached just after setting off by a jet skier.

He turned out to be US surfer Greg Long, one of his personal heroes, who offered to tow him the rest of the way.

We got there after much turbulence and I witnessed 40-50ft waves breaking in front of me.

I paddled out with not much safety equipment with five other of my heroes sitting right next to me.

We all spotted a huge wave in the distance and we all paddled out and I saw my opportunity to prove that I can surf Jaws.

I turned around while all the others were paddling over the wave and caught this monster.

I caught it and rode down what seemed like a liquid mountain.

I got to the bottom and looked up, it was the size of two houses above me.

I got taken out by this white water just after riding along the face and it felt like the ocean collapsed on me.

I held my breath and took the beating as long as I could and finally made it to the surface of the water.

– Adam, from Sidmouth, Devon

Adam was then rescued by another jet ski rider, who took him back to dry land.

Adam Amin, 19, was turned away from the competition in Maui, Hawaii as it was only open to professional surfers. Credit: Richard Hallman, WSL