Big Wave Surfer
Growing up surfing in Newquay, Tom Butler has now become one of the very top names in Big Wave Surfing. Recently finishing 2nd in La Vaca Gigante Invitational Big Wave, Tom was also in the top five during the 2016 World Surf League (WSL) Giant Tube Awards and a winner of the WSL XXL Tallest Wave Category in 2015.
By 12 years old Tom was already spending most of his time in the water with the Surf Life Saving Club at Fistral. This skill for surfing continued and resulted in multiple wins in both British and English Championships.
Undeniably as a Big Wave Surfer Tom has chosen the most extreme strand of surfing there is, it can be split into paddle in or tow in surfing- where a jet-ski is used, the conditions determine the method the wave is caught. At only 21 years old Tom had his first Big Wave Barrel Win.
Now when the conditions are on Tom is a regular at Mullaghmore Head in Ireland, and Nazare in Portugal: the place which has the tallest breaking waves on Earth!
“Choosing the best location normally means heading to the biggest waves”
In the 2014 -2015 season at Nazare Tom was part of the winning team for the biggest wave surfed in the world that year, when he towed his friend into the wave. The following season was when Tom rode a barrel at Mullaghmore head that went into the last 5 at the XXL awards show in L.A. for barrel of the year.
The Big Wave Tour consists of the top 24 big wave paddle in surfers from around the world, with six stops in: Chile, Peru, Mexico, Portugal, Hawaii & Baja Mexico. Tom is an alternate for the Portugal event meaning his aim of being one of the surfers on this prestigious tour is very close. Different to the normal surfing events that happen in every way, the Big Wave Events have a 5 month waiting period for the organisers to select a perfect day.
To have Tom as the ambassador of Fistral Beach where he is a well-known both in and out of the water is a brilliant opportunity. To have such a talented surfer from the UK competing on an International level for Big Wave Surfing is a real credit to Tom’s skills. Alongside being a talented Big Wave Surfer Tom is an extremely accomplished waterman, which has seen him complete challenges such as the 27 miles from the Scilly Isles to Land’s End in only 6 hours and 46 minutes.