The final Nominees for the World Surf League (WSL) XXL big wave awards have been announced.
The last three categories The Overall Performance award, The Women’s Performance Award and our personal favourite the Wipeout of the year, were made public yesterday.
With over $120000 of prize money up for grabs and the finalists in four of the categories having already been announced, the publication of the nominees in the final three categories sets the stage for this year’s award ceremony.
The WSL Big Wave Awards competition window ran from March 20, 2014 until March 20, 2015 with every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world in that period eligible for consideration across seven diverse award categories. The five biggest or best in each of the categories have now been chosen by a panel of judges based on the photographic and video evidence, and the winners will be crowned at a gala awards show at the Grove Theatre in Anaheim, California on May 1.
Surfline Men’s Best Overall Performance Award is one of the most prestigious awards of the night and does not only take into account the wave shown in the videos but also the overall performance for the whole year. Check out the video below
Surfer prize $5,000
Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa)
Trevor Carlson (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA)
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA)
Albee Layer (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
Makuakai Rothman (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA)
Women’s Performance Award is one of the most prestigious awards of the night and does not only take into account the wave shown in the videos but also the overall performance for the whole year. Check out the video below.
Surfer prize $5,000
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
Emi Erickson (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
Silvia Nabuco (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Jamilah Star (Santa Cruz, California, USA)
Wipeout Award is awarded to the most committed but least successful surfer, it has to be a big wave and it has to go very wrong you have to check them out it will make you groan and suck air through your teeth all at once. The video below is a nasty one be warned.
Surfer prize $2,000 – Photo/video prize $1,000
Scott Dennis (Bawley Point, New South Wales, Australia) in remote Australia on August 5, 2014 (video by Tyge Landa)
Marcio Freire (Bahia, Brazil) at Jaws, Hawaii, USA on January 21, 2015 (video by Dan Norkunas)
Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on July 5, 2014 (video by Daniel Nava)
Jamie Mitchell (Gold Coast, Australia) and Chapman Murphy (San Diego, California, USA) at Maverick’s, California, USA on December 20, 2014 (video Alexey Orlov)
Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, France) at Nazaré, Portugal on December 11, 2014
Judges will review the nominated rides and the winners will be revealed at the invitation-only WSL Big Wave Awards ceremony at the Grove Theatre in Anaheim, California on May 1, 2015. The show will be webcast live on WorldSurfLeague.com and a highlight show broadcast on ABC-TV in the US in July and additional networks worldwide.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com