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2016 TAG Heuer XXL Biggest Wave Winner: Yuri Soledade

Yuri Soledade at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on February 25, 2016. Photo by Jimmie Hepp. A TAG Heuer XXL Biggest Wave entry. The winning surfer, Yuri Soledade, and the winning photo by Jimmie Hepp. WSL / Jimmie Hepp

TAG Heuer XXL Biggest Wave Winner: Yuri Soledade, Photograph by Jimmie Hepp

Big wave surfing is scary. And when you take a step back and consider exactly how big a wave is it becomes even scarier. Yuri Soledade as scene in Jimmie Hepp's photograph at Jaws was dropping down a wave locked in at 73 feet. Imagine something that big. Then imagine it's moving...well deserved Yuri.

Yuri Soledade at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on February 25, 2016. Video by Elliot Leboe.
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Yuri Soledade at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on February 25, 2016. Video by Elliot Leboe.
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TAG Heuer Biggest Wave Nominees

Winner: Yuri Soledade (Haiku, Maui, Hawaii) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on February 25, 2016. (Photo nominees: Brian Berkowitz, Jimmie Hepp, Elliot Leboe, John Patao and Fred Pompermayer. Video nominee: Elliot Leboe.)
Mick Corbett (Perth, WA, Australia) at Nazaré, Portugal on February 19, 2016. (Photo nominees: André Bernardo and André Botelho.)
Garrett McNamara (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Nazaré, Portugal on November 1, 2015. (Photo nominees: Bruno Aleixo, André Botelho, Vitor Estrelinha, Jorge Figueira and Manuel Ricardo. Video nominee: Timelapse Media.)
Niccolo Porcella (Sardegna, Italy) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on February 25, 2016. (Photo nominees: Erik Aeder, Rick Dobrowski, Dooma Photos, Paul Karaolides and Zack Williams. Video nominee: Marcus Rodrigues.)
Pedro Scooby (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on October 27, 2015. (Photo nominees: Bruno Aleixo, Helio Antonio, Vitor Estrelinha, Pedro Miranda and Hugo Silva. Video nominee: André Callado.)

Yuri Soledade (BRA) won the Tag Heuer Biggest Wave Award this year for his wave at Jaws, Maui - officially measured at 73 feet. WSL Yuri Soledade won his first Big Wave Award for the biggest wave surfed this year. His TAG Heuer XXL Biggest Wave at Jaws was recorded at 73 feet. WSL
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