The annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards will take place on May 3rd at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California. Unfortunately, even if you live in California, you can’t get tickets. It’s a snobby invitation-only event. There will be 2,000 invited guests – award nominees and luminaries in the surfing world, I suppose.
The event celebrates and awards notable moments in surfing that have been captured on video during the past year (ending March 20th).
From Australia’s My Daily News:
The leading contenders this year are indeed global in nature, with potential nominees emanating from surf sessions in locations such as Cloudbreak in Fiji, Jaws in Hawaii, the Cortes Bank off of California, the Right in Western Australia, Mullaghmore Head in Ireland and Nazaré in Portugal.
2013 marks the 13th Global Big Wave Awards, which will dole out a cool $120,000 in cash prizes for surfers and photographers. Categories include the $50,000 Ride of the Year, Biggest Wave, Wipeout of the Year, Best Overall Performance and Girls Best Performance.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
While those waves were ridden in warm tropical waters, some nominees were challenged in wild conditions in the chilled North Atlantic, including XXL Biggest Wave candidates by Brazilian Danilo Couto at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland, and rides at the newly-famous break of Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal by Hawaiian Kealii Mamala and local Portuguese surfer Antonio Silva. Other Pacifico Paddle Award nominees include Hawaiians Makua Rothman and Matt Meola at Jaws, and Pacifico Tube contenders by Chilean Ramon Navarro in Fiji and Irish local Peter Conroy representing the Emerald Isle with an imposing barrel at Mullaghmore Head in County Sligo.
Check out a selection of clips from the top big wave sessions on the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards Youtube page featuring the nominees from the awards categories.
Read more about the 2013 Big Wave Awards here.