Anaheim, California played host overnight to the 2014/2015 WSL Big Wave Awards, a ceremony to promote and celebrate the big wave surfers who not only entertain us hidden behind our computer screens but put their lives on the line to conquer the biggest waves in the world. The nominations have been floating around for a few weeks now and there have been many suggestions offered as to who should pick up the various trophies. On the night it was Shane Dorian who came out on top, picking up not only the Billabong Ride of the Year, but also the Surfline Overall Performance.
Hot on the tail of his win at the Quiksilver Ceremonial yesterday, BWT World Champion, Makua Rothman was awarded the 2014/2015 Big Wave trophy as well as also being nominated in the Overall Performance category. Other winners included Jamie Mitchell for his paddle in wave at Mavericks and Sebastian Steudtner was awarded the XXL Biggest Wave for his beyond comprehension ride at Nazaré.
Hawaiian Paige Alms collected the prize for the Women’s Best Performance, and the Best Tube ride went to Matahi Drollet for flawless barrel at Teahupo’o. We don’t know if it is right to call it the ‘Best’ wipeout, but Benjamin Sanchis was honored with the Wipeout Award for getting steamrollered by a mountain sized wave at Nazaré.
The Big Wave Awards were available to watch live but to be honest we didn’t fancy staying up well into the early hours and weren’t overly excited to watch trophies being handed out, but for anyone who is interested an excellent summary video of the Big Wave Year from the WSL is embedded below. Let us know if you agree with the choice of winners and were you surprised to not see Brad Domke honoured for his efforts on his Skimboard at Puerto Escondido?