The World Surf League has officially partnered with The BeachLife Festival to host the 19th annual 2019 Big Wave Awards that will be held in Redondo Beach on May 2. The ceremony will take place within the BeachLife festival grounds and serve as a kick-off event to the three-day festival happening May 3-5.
WSL Big Wave Awards' competition window concludes on March 20, 2019 and spanned the previous 12 months. Every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world in this period is eligible for consideration across eight categories. A panel of judges will determine the best rides in each of the categories based on photographic and video evidence.
The categories include: Ride of the Year, Women's XXL Biggest Wave Award, Women's Paddle Award, Men's Paddle Award, Men's XXL Biggest Wave Award, Women's Best Performance presented by Hydro Flask, Men's Best Overall Performance Award, and Wipeout of the Year Award.
Big wave surfers from all over the globe will gather on the ground of The Beach Life Festival for the Big Wave Awards, the annual awards show to honor the most remarkable big wave surfing accomplishments of the year.
Entry to the Big Wave Awards will be included for all BeachLife attendees who have purchased a Founders Pass or Captains Pass. Tickets are available for the general public to purchase starting on Monday, March 18th, 2019 for $20 while supplies last. All Big Wave Award ticket proceeds will go to Surfrider, Life Rolls On, Five Gyres and the Redondo Beach Police Foundation. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.beachlifefestival.com.
"We are pleased to host the 2019 Big Wave Awards alongside the BeachLife Festival," said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. "This partnership allows surfing fans an opportunity to engage with our big wave stars and experience the show in a whole new way."
Special guests expected to attend the 2019 Big Wave Awards include current World Record holders Maya Gabeira and Rodrigo Koxa for the Largest Wave Surf (unlimited) for women's and men's, respectively.
"There is no better professional sport than surfing to compliment our festival and we couldn't be more excited to host professional surfers from around the world that are being recognized during the Big Wave Awards," said BeachLife co-founder Allen Sanford.
The BeachLife Festival will be located at 137 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. To purchase tickets visit: https://beachlifefestival.com/.