Pure Scot Barrel Winner: Keala Kennelly, Photo by Tim McKenna
In season that saw a plethora of massive barrels, fueled by a healthy El Niño, this one by Keala Kennelly, as shot by Tim McKenna at Teahupo'o, earned the top honors at the Big Wave Awards for 2016. It was a historic first win for a woman in the BWA category.
Winner: Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on July 22, 2015. (Winner: Tim McKenna. Photo nominees: Kirvan Baldassari, Brent Bielmann and Isaac Sokol)
Tom Butler (Newquay, Cornwall, England) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on October 28, 2015. (Photo nominee: Ian Mitchinson)
Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 6, 2015. (Photo nominees: Erik Aeder, Kelly Cestari, Richard Hallman, Paul Karaolides and Sofie Louca)
Mark Mathews (Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia) at The Right, Australia on June 26, 2015. (Photo nominee: Jack Sherriffs)
Ian Walsh (Haiku, Maui, Hawaii) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 28, 2016. (Photo nominees: Richard Hallman and Aaron Lynton)