Saturday, May 3, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
It's time to party XXL style!
The worldâ€™s best big wave surfers took to the red carpet for the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards in Southern California.
The man, the myth and the legend, Greg Noll.
The big wave community paid homage to Gary Linden, surfer, shaper and Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) founder.
Greg Noll congratulates Linden on his award.
Gary Linden assured the surfers and fans he'd "keep playing," watching his dream of Big Wave surfing go from independent journey to Tour to Billabong XXL recognition and now ASP incorporation.
Peter Mel ensuring the audience there is no "was" when you're talking about Peter Mel, referring to surfers under his guise as his "brothers" and "sisters".
Grant 'Twiggy' Baker the 2013 ASP Big Wave World Champion.
For the first time under the official BWWT circuit, Baker won Maverickâ€™s and Punta Galea and took fourth in the Oregon Pro earning enough points to solidify himself as Champion of the season.
"All I ever wanted to do is travel and surf and thatâ€™s what this World Title means to me," - Baker.
Grant 'Twiggy' Baker backstage with his trophies.
Koa Rothman by far the fan favourite taking out the 2014 Tube of the Year Award.
Keala Kennelly taking back-to-back victories in the Billabong Womens Performance Award.
Koa Rothman victorious in the 2014 XXL Wipeout of the Year.
Koa Rothman cleaning up with the 2014 Tube of the Year Award.
Mark Healey won the XXL Paddle Award for a 52-foot wave ridden at Jaws.
"Within all these people is a warrior," Healey said. "I see what you do and in the water and I will always respect you."
Grant 'Twiggy' Baker honoured to accept his Surfline Best Overall Performance Award from Greg Noll.
Gautier Garanx blew down a 62-footer in the Northern Basque terrain to become only the second Frenchman to win an XXL Biggest Wave Award.
Gautier Garanx makes his way back stage with the spoils.
Martin Potter and Dave Wassel.
Surfing fanatics, participants and spectators ponder who will win Ride of the Year.
Nominess for the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year lined up to see who had won the most coveted award of the event.
In a sort of poetic irony, Greg Long, who so humbly passed his Title to the new BWWT No. 1 Grant Baker (ZAF) in the show's opening moments, was announced as the winner for Ride of the Year!
"To win Ride of the Year is fantastic, but riding those waves it what Iâ€™m here to do," said Greg Long.
Grant 'Twiggy' Baker and Ian Walsh.
Let the celebrations begin!