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WORLD SURF LEAGUE // 2018 BIG WAVE AWARDS
WHO WILL BE THE 2018 WOMEN’S BIG WAVE SURFER OF THE YEAR?
The World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards are back in 2018 and we have a highly competitive women’s award division. In its 18th year, the Annual WSL Big Wave Awards competition window concluded on March 20, 2018, and spanned the previous 12 months of surfing action. Every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world in this period was eligible for consideration across the seven categories. A panel of judges chose best rides in each of the categories based on photographic and video evidence.
The winners will be crowned at an invitation-only gala in Southern California on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Viewers are invited to watch highlights of the action and acceptance speeches on WorldSurfLeague.com and the WSL’s Facebook page.
HYDRO FLASK WOMEN’S BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES
First prize $15,000, $32,500 total
The performance awards acknowledge the top surfers over the course of the last 12 months based on every ride captured on video or still images all around the world.
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
Bianca Valenti (Mill Valley, California, USA)
RECENT WOMEN’S BIG WAVE ACHIEVEMENTS
- Paige Alms wins inaugural WSL Big Wave Women’s event in 2016 and consecutively the 2017 event at Pe’ahi.
- Keala Kennelly made surfing history winning the 2016 Big Wave Award, Barrel Of The Year Award for her massive barrel at Teahupoo – Kennelly was the first female to win this award up against all-male nominees.
- Bethany Hamilton surfed a near maxing out Jaws just six months after having her child.
- Felicity Palmateer conquered The Right in Western Australia.
- Tyler Wright paddled into Teahupo’o with her brothers.
- Paige Alms got tubed at Jaws.
- Justine Dupont descends mountainous southern France outer reef.
- Savannah Shaughnessy blows up on Maverick’s bombs.
- Maya Gabeira continues to push the limits at Nazare, Portugal.
- Laura Enever surfs Shipstern Bluff in Tasmania, Australia for an upcoming movie.