Category Overview

THE BILLABONG XXL

GLOBAL BIG WAVE AWARDS

Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award

Summary: The Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award will be won by the individual surfer who — based on review of available video images by a panel of experts — demonstrates the most advanced and committed level of big wave surfing performance during a single successful ride during the annual event period.  Judging criteria is purely SUBJECTIVE and will be calculated from the votes of a large panel of surfers, photographers and surf magazine editors and writers. The first prize will be awarded in the amount of $50,000.  Second prize will be awarded in the amount of $5,000.  The XXL Ride of the Year finalists finishing third through fifth will receive $1,500 each.  The videographer who captures the definitive video clip of the winning ride will be awarded $5,000.

Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award

Summary: The Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award will be won by the surfer who, by any means available, catches and successfully rides the single biggest wave of the year based on objective analysis and measurement of the available images. The prize will be awarded in the amount of $15,000.  The photographer who captures the winning still or video image will be awarded $4,000.

Monster Paddle Award

Summary: The Monster Paddle Award will be won by the surfer who paddles into and successfully rides the single biggest wave of the year based on objective analysis and measurement of the available images. The prize will be awarded in the amount of $15,000.  The photographer who captures the definitive still or video image of the winning ride will be awarded $4,000.  Unless otherwise specified, general event rules are equivalent to those outlined for the XXL Biggest Wave category.

Monster Tube Award

Summary: The Monster Tube Award will be won by the surfer who rides the single most spectacular tubing wave of the year based on the impact of still photo images. Judging criteria is purely SUBJECTIVE based on “gut feel” of which was the greatest moment of a ride INSIDE THE BARREL and will be calculated from the votes of a large panel of surfers, photographers and surf magazine editors and writers.  The prize will be awarded in the amount of $5,000.  The photographer who captures the definitive still image of the winning wave will be awarded $2,000.  Unless otherwise specified, general event rules are equivalent to those outlined for the XXL Ride of the Year category.

 

Surfline Best Overall Performance Award

Summary: The Surfline Best Overall Performance Award will be won by the male surfer who puts on the greatest number of outstanding performances at the most diverse number of venues over the course of the entire year.  Excellence in the water and leadership in safety in both paddle-in and tow-in surfing disciplines will be considered. Judging criteria is purely SUBJECTIVE and will be calculated from the votes of a large panel of surfers, photographers and surf magazine editors and writers.  The prize will be awarded in the amount of $5,000.

Billabong Girls Best Overall Performance Award

Summary: The Billabong Girls Best Overall Performance Award will be won by the female surfer who puts on the greatest number of outstanding performances at the most diverse number of venues over the course of the entire year.  Excellence in the water and leadership in safety in both paddle-in and tow-in surfing disciplines will be considered. Judging criteria is purely SUBJECTIVE and will be calculated from the votes of a large panel of surfers, photographers and surf magazine editors and writers.  The prize will be awarded in the amount of $5,000.