A Cornish surfer has sent a Christmas message of thanks to his friends and supporters after being seriously hurt during a competition in Portugal. Tom Butler from Newquay suffered a crushed chest and split ear after falling from a 45ft wave at Nazare during the World Surf League Big Wave Tour Competition. See the footage here.
Tom, 27, had five years' experience of surfing the big waves at Praia do Norte, about 80 miles north of Libson, before meeting his match on the roller which took him down. He spent three days in hospital being treated for his injuries