The new big wave season is just around the corner. But tonight, it's time to honor some of the numerous achievements in big wave surfing throughout the 2018/19 season.
Currently in it's 19th year, this year's Big Wave Awards will recognize the surfers who have demonstrated the most committed and advanced level of big wave surfing -- in or outside of the jersey. Any wave ridden between March 21, 2018 and March 20, 2019, at any big wave spot, was eligible for consideration and judged based off of photo or video evidence.
After a year of assessing the top moments, from all corners of the world -- here are your 2018/19 Big Wave award winners:
Men's Paddle Award: Grant Baker
2019 Biggest Paddle Nominee - Grant Baker at Jaws - WSL / Kenny Morris
Women's Paddle Award World Record: Andrea Moller
2019 Women's Paddle Record Nominee: Andrea Moller at Jaws - WSL / Fred Pompermayer
Men's XXL Biggest Wave Award: Kai Lenny
2019 XXL Biggest Wave Winner: Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on November 26, 2018. Video by Marcus Rodrigues.
Women's XXL Biggest Wave Award: Justine Dupont
2019 Women's XXL Biggest Wave Winner: Justine Dupont at Nazaré, Portugal on November 18, 2018. Video by Antione Chicoye.
Men's Overall Performance Award: Kai Lenny
Kai Lenny - 2019 Men's Best Overall Performance Nominee - WSL / Fred Pompermayer
Hydro Flask Women's Performance Award: Justine Dupont
Justine Dupont - 2019 Hydro Flask Women's Performance Nominee - WSL / Vitor Estrelinha
Wipeout of the Year Award: Makua Rothman
2019 Wipeout of the Year Winner: Makua Rothman at Cloudbreak, Fiji on May 22, 2018. Video by Taylor Curran.
Ride of the Year: Grant Baker
2019 Ride of the Year Winner: Grant Baker at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on November 26, 2018. Video by Carlos Carbajal.