Paige Alms Now The Most Celebrated Big Wave Surfer In The World – Wins 2018 Big Wave Awards
FEATURE // 2018 BIG WAVE AWARDS
Here Come The Women!
Photo above; Paige celebrates with men’s winner Billy Kemper, Photo by WSL.
30-year-old Maui big wave surfer Paige Alms has today claimed her third Big Wave Performance Award in front of the best big wave athletes in the world. After winning the World Surf Leagues Pe’ahi Challenge two years running Paige continues to push herself, her body and women’s surfing forward. Not only has she been barrelled at the wave nicknamed Jaws but she’s put out a documentary on her journey to being a serious big wave athlete – Watch ‘The Wave I Ride’ here.
The wave she was nominated for, was that of her home break during the 2017 Pe’ahi Challenge. It is a wave that she’s become very familiar with since moving to the island of Maui from Canada at 9-years-old. Since she got the taste for the super-sized swells, she has since paddled and been towed into more than most, with the support and guidance of her shaper partner Sean Ordonez and legendary Maui surfers.
However, this high-performance athlete is humble about her achievements and continually praising and paying homage to those women who paved the way before her, as well as those that she takes to the water with now.
Today she was honoured with the Hydro Flask Women’s Best Performance of the Year Award for the third time in her career. The top award came with a worthy cheque and appreciation from the crowd who attended at Red Bull’s California HQ.
“I just want to say thank you to all the nominees, this is a really fun platform to show our sport,” said Paige. “Congratulations to all the female nominees tonight, I feel like you all push me to be a better surfer and a better person. I really like being able to call all of you my friends. You’re all so inspiring. I’d also like to thank all the photographers and videographers who are putting this spotlight on us out of the pure joy they have for the sport.”
Paige and the women in the room tonight will continue to compete together as the WSL adds the Mavericks event to the women’s tour in 2018 for the first time. Another fantastic opportunity to have these girls of the sea dominating the world’s biggest waves after years of campaigning to get them out at the Northern Californian coldwater break.
Congratulations to all the women who continued to charge in the last twelve months.
HYDRO FLASK WOMEN’S BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNERS
1 – Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
2 – Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
3 – Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
4 – Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
5 – Bianca Valenti (Mill Valley, California, USA)