There's only one month left in the Big Wave Awards season so you need to hop over to the main website and look at ALL the hundreds of entries. Who went biggest? Who rode deepest? Who ate it like no other? Look at 'em all and let us know you think ought to be nominated....
An ultra-rare water angle one of the most dramatic moments of the last year -- the giant paddle wave Lucas Chumbo Chianca (deep) and Francisco Porcella (airborne) shared at Nazaré, Portugal in December. Billabong Ride of the Year entry video by Timelapse-Media.
Once again, it's a fine line between a great ride and a heavy wipeout. This beast at The Right might have been either but the 75 tons of white lip chandelier made the decision for Rudi Schwartz. So it's a TAG Heuer Wipeout entry video by Tim Bonythons - Swell Chasers. (Look for his Big Wave Project film coming soon!)
Lucas Chumbo Chianca at it yet again, this time at Maverick's (With Pedro Scooby joining in on the shoulder for moral support. Billabong Ride of the Year entry video by Curt Myers/ Powerlines Productions. Curtisimo Being.
Jaws has been mighty stingy this season, but there have been a few morsels for those dedicated enough to pick them out. Trevor Sven Carlson, getting a little love on Valentine's Day. Photo by Fred Pompermayer.
Let's revisit Billy Kemper's 10-point wave during the final of the Pe'ahi Challenge at Jaws, this time from the helicopter angle. He makes it look so easy! Billabong Ride of the Year entry video by the WSL Video Team. Precise low-level piloting courtesy of the legendary Don Shearer.
So there were some waves yesterday at Jaws and it was windy and Peru's Alvaro Malpartida went hard on a left and almost stuck a magic carpet air drop. And that "almost" is the narrow difference between a Ride of the Year entry and a Wipeout of the Year entry. Video by Jose Plaza Malaga.
Every surfer knows what it's like to paddle for a wave and "get hung up in the lip." Wilem Banks perfectly defines what that looks like at Maverick's in XXL proportions. TAG Heuer Wipeout of the Year entry video by Curt Myers. Curtisimo Being.