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Big Wave Awards: Best Performance, Worst Wipeout Noms Announced

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Nominees for the final categories -- TAG Heuer Wipeout of the Year, Women's Performance and Surfline Overall Performance -- have been announced. Among the brave surfers who took on gigantic waves in an historic El Niño winter, 15 surfers (10 men and five women) have been nominated for being the best. Five have been nominated for getting the worst, suffering some of the gnarliest wipeouts we've seen in years.

Here are the finalists:

TAG Heuer Wipeout Award

Awarded to honor the most committed -- yet least successful -- wave of the event window.
First Place: $3,000 + TAG Heuer Watch - Videographer: $3,000; Second - Fifth Videographer: $500

The 2016 TAG Heuer Wipeout of the Year nominees are Matt Becker at Maverick's (video by Dan Norkunas), Pedro Calado at Puerto Escondido (video by Daniel Balbuena), Tom Dosland at Jaws (video by Bruno Lemos), Garrett McNamara at Maverick's (video by Chris Wilson) and Niccolo Porcella at Teahupo'o (video by Tim Pruvost).

Surfline Men's Best Overall Performance Award

Awarded to the male surfer who not only puts on the greatest number of outstanding performances in the most diverse number of venues, but also demonstrates a high level of excellence in water safety leadership. Both paddle-in and tow-in disciplines are considered.
First Place: $15,000 + TAG Heuer Watch; Second Place: $5,000; Third Place: $2,000

Pedro Calado at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 15, 2016. Photo by Chris Egan. An entry into the 2016 Paddle Award category. Pedro Calado at Jaws. Photo: Chris Egan - WSL / Chris Egan
  • Pedro Calado (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Trevor Sven Carlson (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
  • Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA)
  • Aaron Gold (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
  • Mark Healey (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
  • Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz, California, USA)
  • Kai Lenny (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
  • Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA)
  • Jamie Mitchell (Currumbin, Queensland, Australia)
  • Will Skudin (Long Beach, New York, USA)
Will Skudin at Todos Santos, Mexico on January 17, 2016. Photo by Richard Hallman. Will Skudin at Todos Santos. Photo: Richard Hallman - WSL / Richard Hallman

Women's Overall Performance Award

Awarded to the female surfer who not only puts on the greatest number of outstanding performances in the most diverse number of venues, but also demonstrates a high level of excellence in water safety leadership. Both paddle-in and tow-in disciplines are considered.
First Place: $10,000; Second Place: $2,000; Third Place: $1,000

Paige Alms at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 28, 2016. Photo by Dooma Photos. An entry into the 2016 Paddle Award category. Paige Alms at Jaws. Photo: Dooma Photos - WSL / Dooma Photos
  • Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
  • Emi Erickson (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
  • Bethany Hamilton (Hanalei, Hawaii, USA)
  • Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
  • Andrea Moller (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
Andrea Moller at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on February 10, 2016. Photo by Erik Aeder. An entry into the 2016 Paddle Award category. Andrea Moller at Jaws. Photo: Erik Aeder - WSL / ERIK AEDER

The 2016 Big Wave Awards will stream live April 23, 2016. Tune in to see who wins these categories as well as Billabong Ride of the Year, TAG Heuer Biggest Wave, Pure Scot Barrel of the Year, and the Paddle Award. See all of this year's nominees and submissions here.