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St Ives surfer becomes first Brit to ride 30ft 'Killers' wave in Mexico

By CMChloe  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

  • St Ives surfer Tom Lowe is first Brit to ride waves at notorious Todos Santos. Credit Mickey Smith.

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A St Ives man has become the first British person to surf at one of the most dangerous spots on earth.

On Saturday, Tom Lowe paddled into a 30-foot swell at the legendary ‘Killers’ wave zone off Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico.

The fearless 30-year-old has joined an elite club of surfers who have braved the powerful ‘Killers’ breaks to complete the ride of a life-time.

Speaking to the MailOnline, Tom said: “'I surfed it brilliantly - I couldn't have imagined it better than I did today.

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“You could wait a life time to get a wave like today. When it rises you don't know exactly how it is going to go. It is like a fight or flight reflex.”

Tom was backed in his bid to fulfill a lifetime ambition of becoming the first Brit to conquer the waves by Vodafone First- a scheme which sees the mobile giant help people achieve extraordinary feats with the help of technology.

St Ives born Tom has travelled the world in search of the perfect wave and has become known as one of the UK’s best surfers.

Explaining his challenge to Vodafone First, Tom said: “No one from England has ever actually surfed this wave and even in Europe. So a first in the European scale to surf this wave at that size.”

The notoriously dangerous spot sees waves capable of rising more than 60ft some 12-miles off the coast of the small Mexican island.

Tom said he was prepared for the lethal challenge- where surfers have lost their lives in the past trying to attempt.

“The reality is that you could die. But the amount of respect I have for the sea and the level of training I have means that I am prepared,” he told the MailOnline.

“This wave is legendary, but British and European surfers don't often travel down here to test themselves on this wave.”

Tom, who has been surfing since he was 14, overcame an injury which almost ended his surfing career last year to tackle the swells in Mexico.

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