Aaron Gold used brute force to get himself into the biggest wave of the season ridden without the use of a jetski.
Keala Kennelly becomes the first woman to win the award for the biggest tube ride of the year!
El Nino delivered this year and so did Shane Dorian earning the award for the best overall performance in big surf over the last year.
From red carpet to rulers, scenes from the Big Wave Awards.
He's the best big-wave rider on the East Coast, and his roots run deep.
Amazingly, the Hawaiian big-wave charger got right back into the groove after his harrowing TAG Heuer Wipeout Award winner.
Aaron Gold had an incredible 2015, charging at the Pe'ahi Challenge and was better known for his unforgettable paddle-in which he is
Nic Vaughan (USA) placed an =13th at the Pe'ahi Challenge and showed the world what he is capable of in some of the heaviest conditions on
Dane Gudauskas - The WSL Big Wave Awards
Will Skudin (USA), representing the Big Apple with the white shirt, paddled into some of the heaviest conditions of the year at the Todos
Hans Hagen (far right) is a Laguna icon who manages Chevy Metal, the band that played at the Big Wave Awards.
Shane Dorian won the 2016 Billabong Ride of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
Big-wave pioneer Greg Noll, who was a presenter at the Big Wave Awards, gamely posed for a photo with his wife.
For the second consecutive year Shane Dorian won the most prestigious award of the evening.
The measurements are in and Yuri Soledade road the biggest wave of the year at 73 feet.
Niccolo Porcella won the Tag Heuer Wipeout Award for a horrific fall at Teahupo'o, Tahiti.
While all of the nominees were cringeworthy, Niccolo Porcella suffered the worst of the worst.
Kennelly became the first woman ever to win a Pure Scot Barrel of the Year Award.