For the second year running Shane Dorian has scooped the Billabong Ride of the Year at the World Surf League Big Wave Awards during a glitzy ceremony in Southern California. Shane was deemed the surfer who had shown the most committed and advanced level of big wave surfing during an afternoon session at Jaws on February 10th. In fact Shane seemed to be on every massive swell that broke during this past year and it was this commitment and outstanding calibre of wave riding that saw him also win the Surfline Performance of the Year for the second consecutive year also.
Jaws also featured in the 2016 Biggest Paddle Award, which this year went to Aaron Gold for paddling into a 63 ft wave that also earned him a World Record for his efforts. Keala Kennelly became the first woman to ever win the prize for the biggest keg of the year for a jaw dropping barrel at Teahupoo, and we think most of the guys will also agree Keala is a worthy winner of the 2016 Pure Scot Barrel Award.
Other winners included Yuri Soledade, who collected the Tag Heuer XXL Biggest Wave Award for slaying a ridiculous 73 foot monster at Jaws and Andrea Moller who received the honour of Women’s Best Performance for a committed year surfing the big wave spots of Hawaii. By far the most talked about and most attention grabbing award is the Tag Heuer Wipeout Award and it was Niccolo Porcella who collected that particular accolade. Niccolo somehow survived being sucked over the falls and getting a right pounding at Teahupo’o to etch his name in the history books and collect a measly $3000!
You can see all the nominations and winners from the Big Wave Awards over at the official World Surf League website here and we would love to hear if you agree with the judges and what you think Niccolo’s wipeout was really worth?
Pictures courtesy of Tim McKenna and WSL