Official Big Wave World Records

As of 2013

Shawn-Dollar-mainGuinness World Records confirmed that Shawn Dollar has entered the record books for surfing the largest wave (paddle-in).

Shawn’s history-making ride occurred on December 21, 2012 at the Cortes Bank, an offshore reef 100 miles west of San Diego, California.

The maximum face height of the wave has now been verified as 61 feet from trough to crest.

Dollar’s wave beats Shane Dorian’s prior record wave of 57 feet ridden at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii in 2011.

Guinness Book of World Records Link

 

McNamara mainThe largest wave surfed (unlimited) is 23.77 m (78 feet), measured from trough to crest, achieved by Garrett McNamara (USA) off the coast of Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal, on 1 November 2011.

Authenticated by the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards judging committee.

Guinness Book of World Records Link

 

 

 

NOMINEES REVEALED IN THE 12th ANNUAL BILLABONG XXL GLOBAL BIG WAVE AWARDS

Dave Wassel (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) earned a nomination in the Monster Paddle category of the 2012 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards for this huge drop at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 4, 2012. Photo by Bruno Lemos/BillabongXXL.com


BIGGEST WAVES AND BEST RIDES OF THE LAST YEAR TO BE HONORED MAY 4, 2012

The nominees have just been announced for the 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards fueled by Monster Energy, and the surfing community is bracing for another epic showdown of the biggest waves and greatest rides witnessed worldwide over the last year.

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Swell Alert – Europe – Surfline XXL Forecast – 03/7/12

SURFLINE XXL FORECAST UPDATE 1/16/2012


There is a significant storm currently in the far north Atlantic between Greenland and Iceland.  Observations have confirmed the very large wave heights within this system.

The frontal boundary currently moving through the UK will slide through France and Spain overnight Wednesday.  High pressure will quickly build in behind this front, setting up over the Bay of Biscay on Thursday.  High pressure then extends from the Bay of Biscay towards western Europe on Friday.

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A very special tribute to A.I.

Andy Irons

1978 – 2010

In Loving Memory

On this first anniversary (November 2nd) of the untimely passing of the beloved Andy Irons, the entire Billabong family wishes to take a moment to join the surfing world in remembering one of the greatest surfers and personalities our sport has ever known.  To mark this occasion, Billabong has created a new video tribute which includes a frank, compelling and in-depth interview with Andy.

Over the course of the lengthy relationship between Billabong and Andy Irons, the two entities became synonymous with one another, with too many collaborations to count.  The partnership produced a number of iconic creations ranging from films to apparel, each based on Andy’s style and ideas.  These reminders of Andy’s greatness still surround us today. Continue reading

Mid Season Madness!

BILLABONG XXL BIG WAVE AWARDS SCORE HUGE SOUTH PACIFIC SWELLS; “BIGGEST EVER” DAYS IN TAHITI, FIJI & TASMANIA SET STAGE FOR NORTHERN ACTION

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – (October 31, 2011)  – If the oceanic antics south of the equator are any indications, this could well be the greatest year-long barrage of surf ever faced in the 12-year history of the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy.  Over the past six months — spanning the bulk of the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere — nearly every key big wave spot went off the known charts in terms of size and heaviness.  And it wasn’t just one rogue storm event, there were consistently huge waves arriving at locations such as Tahiti, Fiji, Tasmania and Western Australia. Continue reading

GAME ON!

And here we go again!  So far, the Southern Hemisphere has outdone itself, with legendary “Biggest Ever” swells slamming across an assortment of legendary reefs.  Both Tasmania’s Shipstern Bluff and Tahiti’s Teahupoo went well beyond the paddle realm and almost over the top of the mark of what can be sensibly towed. The result was a barrel full of epic still images and video clips which are now populating the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Entries, the Verizon Wipeeout of the Year category and the Monster Tube division (to say the least.)  Also making the grade was a superb and impeccably groomed swell which spiraled across the coral curves of Cloudbeak off Tavarua, Fiji which made for some all-time epic rides and a few-near-epic moments.  We’ve also got some fine Chile, Mexico and more coming every day.  Check it all out by clicking on the categories to the left.

SURFLINE XXL FORECAST UPDATE 1/16/2012

SURFLINE XXL FORECAST UPDATE 1/16/2012


CALIFORNIA: Fairly slow this week; a larger series of swells will impact the west coast over the weekend and into early next week, although wind/weather is a major concern


HAWAII: No XXL swells on the radar

California

This work week will be slow with no significant swells on tap.

Going out a little further, we will see much larger surf develop over the weekend and into early next week for the West Coast; impacting the Pacific Northwest Saturday and into Sunday, Northern California Sunday/Monday and Southern California and Northern BajaMonday and into Tuesday if complex low pressure system behaves as currentlyforecast.

At this point the swell is looking significantly larger for the Pacific Northwest and Northern California, versus Southern California, with strong potential for XXL size surf in those regions. However, wind and weather conditions will also be of major concern as a number of onshore wind and rain events impact the region this weekend and into early next week. Southern California/Northern Baja looks cleaner, but will still see periods of onshore wind and rain.

We’ll have more concrete details on this run of swell, and weather, in Thursday’s update.

Hawaii

No XXL swells are currently on the radar.

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Couto, Dorian & Milosky Among Billabong XXL Big Wave Award Winners

DANILO COUTO TAKES RIDE OF THE YEAR AT BILLABONG XXL AWARDS;

SHANE DORIAN SETS MONSTER PADDLE RECORD WITH 57-FOOTER

- Paddle-in Waves at Jaws, Maui Dominate 2011 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards

- Kauai Surfer Sion Milosky Posthumously Wins Best Performance Honors,

- Television special to be broadcast in USA this Sunday Night on FUEL TV

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – (April 30, 2011) – The eleventh annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards fueled by Monster Energy climaxed in Anaheim, California last night as Brazilian Danilo Couto scooped top honors for Ride of the Year.  Couto earned $50,000 and the keys to a new Toyota Tacoma truck for a paddle-in wave conquered at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii during one of the biggest swells of the year.

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2011 XXL Awards Male and Female Performance Nominees

FIVE SURFLINE BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES

(Surfer prize $5,000)
Kohl Christensen (Kailua, Hawaii, USA)
Danilo Couto (Bahia, Brazil)
Mark Healey (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA)
Sion Milosky (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA)
Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, France)

FIVE BILLABONG GIRLS BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES

(Surfer prize $5,000)

Easkey Britton (Rossnowlagh, Ireland)
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Keala Kennelly (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
Mercedes Maidana (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Jamilah Star (Santa Cruz, California, USA)