Watch: Brave surfer breaks record for riding the biggest wave

Daredevil Tom Butler may have just surfed his way into the history books.

The Cornwall pro took on a 100-foot wave in Portugal over the weekend, hoping to not only break a record, but prove to himself that he could best the waves that had almost ended his career a few years before.

Butler first tackled the famous Nazare swells in 2015, and though he made headlines, it wasn’t because it ended well. After a wave got the best of him, he suffered major injuries including bleeding from the ears and a collapsed lung. 

His return to Portugal couldn’t have been more epic.

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Onlookers caught his fearless attempt on camera, where he can barely be seen against the backdrop of the massive wave.

“It's like running from a raging bull,” he told SWSN afterwards, “you don't stop to think about how much it weighs - if you get eye contact then you've already failed.”

Watch the wild footage above. 

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Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz (REAR) rides a wave with his dogs Rama (Front) and Millie (obscured) off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz rides a wave with his dogs Rama (L) and Millie off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz sits with his four dogs (L-R) Max, Murph, Millie and Rama before riding the surf at Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Swimmers watch on as Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz rides a wave with his dog Rama atop his shoulder off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz rides a wave with his dogs Millie (top) and Rama off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
A dog named Rama surfs a wave off Sydney's Palm Beach with its owner, Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz (not pictured), February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz (REAR) rides a wave with his dogs Rama (FRONT) and Millie off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rescued dogs Rama (Front) and Millie ride a wave with their owner, Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz (obscured) off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz receives affection from his dog Millie (R) as fellow pet dog Rama watches on as they wait for a wave off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz waits for a wave with his dogs Rama (L) and Millie off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz rides a wave with his dogs Millie (L) and Rama off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz rides a wave with his dogs Millie (top) and Rama off Sydney's Palm Beach, February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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