The 2015/2016 El Nino season made this year's Big Wave Awards one of the most competitive. Nearly 1,600 submissions were accumulated and reviewed, making these nominees true super stars in a year full of jaw-dropping rides.
The elite class of nominees will be announced over the next two weeks. Today, awards organizers released the nominees for Billabong Ride of the Year, Paddle, TAG Heuer Biggest Wave and the Pure Scot Barrel of the Year. So without further ado...
Awarded to the individual surfer who demonstrates the most advanced and committed level of big wave surfing during a successful ride, as judged by available video-footage.
Surfer Prize: $93,000 - Videographer Prize: $9,000)
Awarded to the surfer who paddles into and successfully rides the biggest wave of the year.
Surfer Prize: $25,000 - Photographer Prize: $5,000
Awarded to the surfer who, by any means available, catches and successfully rides the biggest wave of the year.
Surfer Prize: $20,000 - Photographer Prize: $5,000
Awarded to the surfer who rides the single most spectacular tubing wave of the year, judged on the impact generated by still photo images.
Prize: $10,000 - Photographer Prize: $4,000
Stay tuned for the nominees for TAG Heuer Wipeout of the Year, Surfline Men's Performance and Women's Overall Performance. The winners will be announced at the annual awards show in Southern California on April 23, 2016. Check out all the 2016 submissions on the Big Wave Awards.