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Will Skudin (USA), representing the Big Apple with the white shirt, paddled into some of the heaviest conditions of the year at the Todos Santos Challenge. WSL New York's Will Skudin (in the white NY shirt) livened things up with his New York family. - WSL Northern California's Bianca Valenti, Maui's Andrea Moller, and filmmaker Sachi Cunningham, together at the BWAs. Bianca Valenti, Andrea Moller, and Sachi Cunningham - WSL / JP Van Swae The entrance into the Grove offered the WSL an incredible stage and seating room to host a massive event. WSL The Grove Theatre in Anaheim. - WSL / Frank Quirarte Maverick's local Bianca Valenti (left) and Maui local Paige Alms, doing their best version of a wave. Maverick's local Bianca Valenti (left) and Maui local Paige Alms, doing their best impression of a wave. - WSL / JP Van Swae Andrea Moller, who injured herself at the end of the 2016 big wave season, won the women's overall performance award. Women's performance champion, Maui local and Brazilian native Andrea Moller. - WSL Shane Dorian, who was again nominated for (and won!) awards for Ride of the Year Surfline Best Overall Performance, brought his family to the 2016 Big Wave Awards. Shane Dorian, who was again nominated for (and won!) awards for Ride of the Year Surfline Best Overall Performance, brought his family to the 2016 Big Wave Awards. - WSL / JP Van Swae Jamie Mitchell, who was nominated for a 2016 Surfline Overall Best Performance Award, was supported at the BWAs by his partner and their tiny charger. Jamie Mitchell, who was nominated for a 2016 Surfline Overall Best Performance Award, was supported at the BWAs by his partner and their tiny charger. - WSL / JP Van Swae Niccolo Porcello (center), who won for best wipeout of 2016, with a couple of so-called friends. Niccolo Porcello (center), who won for best wipeout of 2016, with a couple of so-called friends. - WSL / JP Van Swae Tyler Larronde (HAW) and company arrive in full force at the WSL Big Wave Awards. Larronde was a part of the historical, first-ever Pea'hi Challenge in unbelievable waves. WSL Hawaii's Tyler Larronde and company arrive in full force at the WSL Big Wave Awards. - WSL Recognized for his incredible barrel at Pe'ahi, local Maui charger Albee Layer earned third place for the Billabong Ride of the Year. Recognized for his incredible barrel at Pe'ahi, Maui charger Albee Layer a nominee for the Billabong Ride of the Year. - WSL / JP Van Swae Kennelly became the first woman ever to win a Pure Scot Barrel of the Year Award. Pure Scot Barrel of the Year winner, Keala Kennelly. She became the first woman ever to win (or be nominated for) best tube of the year. - WSL Nic Lamb, who competes on the Big Wave Tour, was also a nominee for the 2016 Surfline Best Overall Performance (not to mention one of the night's best-dressed). Nic Lamb, who competes on the Big Wave Tour, was also a nominee for the 2016 Surfline Best Overall Performance (not to mention one of the night's best-dressed). - WSL / JP Van Swae North Shore local Emi Erickson was nominated for best overall women's performance at the 2016 Big Wave Awards. North Shore local Emi Erickson was nominated for best overall women's performance at the 2016 Big Wave Awards. - WSL / JP Van Swae Damien Hobgood (USA) proved himself in heavy conditions at Todos Santos and is showing his prowess for big wave surfing after an incredible El Nino season. Former Championship Tour surfer -- and current big-wave charger -- Damien Hobgood and his better half, Charlotte. - WSL Garrett McNamara was still recovering from a serious shoulder injury, but made it to the Big Wave Awards with his wife, Nicole. Garrett McNamara was still recovering from a serious shoulder injury, but made it to the Big Wave Awards with his wife, Nicole. - WSL / JP Van Swae Aaron Gold had an incredible 2015, charging at the Pe'ahi Challenge and was better known for his unforgettable paddle-in which he is nominated Paddle of the Year Award. WSL Aaron Gold, the underdog who became a star of the winter season. - WSL Keala Kennelly (left) made history at the BWAs when she became the first-ever woman to win (and be nominated for) the tube category. Keala Kennelly (left) and girlfriend Nikki Disanto, who trains Keala between big swells. - WSL / JP Van Swae The North Shore's Nathan Florence stepped into the spotlight Saturday, where he was a nominee in the Ride of the Year category. The North Shore's Nathan Florence stepped into the spotlight Saturday, where he was a nominee in the Ride of the Year category. - WSL / JP Van Swae Dane Gudauskas - The WSL Big Wave Awards San Clemente shredder (and perpetual smiler), Dane Gudauskas, with his date. - WSL Jason Magallanes (left) and North Shore lifeguard legend (and WSL BWT rescue team member) Abe Lerner honor big-wave surfer Brock Little, who passed away early in 2016. Jason Magallanes (left) and North Shore lifeguard legend (and WSL BWT rescue team member) Abe Lerner honor big-wave surfer Brock Little, who passed away in February, 2016. - WSL / JP Van Swae San Clemente's Greg Long (USA) deserves all the high-fives he can get, claiming the 2015/16 Big Wave Tour title in the most historical year of big wave surfing. WSL Greg Long, the new Big Wave Tour Champion. - WSL Big-wave pioneer Greg Noll, who was a presenter at the Big Wave Awards, gamely posed for a photo with his wife. Big-wave pioneer Greg Noll, who was a presenter at the Big Wave Awards, gamely posed for a photo with his wife. - WSL Shane Dorian won the 2016 Billabong Ride of the Year award for the second consecutive year. Shane Dorian is all smiles. - WSL Trevor Sven Carlson was a nominee for the 2016 Surfline Best Overall Performance and while he didn't win, he became first alternate for the Big Wave Tour. Trevor Sven Carlson was a nominee for the 2016 Surfline Best Overall Performance and while he didn't win, he earned a spot as first alternate for the Big Wave Tour. - WSL / JP Van Swae Big Wave Tour commissioner Pete Mel with his wife Tara. Big Wave Tour commissioner Pete Mel, with his wife Tara. - WSL / JP Van Swae Hans Hagen (far right) is a Laguna icon who manages Chevy Metal, the band that played at the Big Wave Awards. Mauli Ola Foundation Director Hans Hagen (far right) with his Laguna buddy and Steven "Sli Dawg" Chew, lead documentarian for the band Chevy Metal, who played at the BWA show. - WSL / JP Van Swae
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