Recorded in Don Letts’ creative bunker at the bottom of his West London garden, Joining the Dots traces the way artists, athletes, activists, and subcultures have interacted across decades and continents without even realising.
The world of big-wave surfing is populated by an elite coterie of high-profile athletes from all over the planet. Andrew Cotton, who sits down with Don Letts for this episode of Joining the Dots, is a humble young surfer from North Devon – an unlikely member of this rarified subculture.
‘Cotty’ shot to surf world fame in 2016 when, in front of a battery of lenses at Nazaré in Portugal, he rode one of the biggest, most spectacular waves ever documented.
When he sat down in the Letts bunker, Cotty was strapped up and healing from a broken vertebra suffered whilst plying his madcap trade and hoping to recover for the coming big-wave season. Stories were shared. Motivations were explored. Two worlds collide in a leafy backyard in West London.