XXL Official Rules

XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD
OFFICIAL RULES

Rules and event format © 2011 & 1997 by Sharp Media, Inc.

1) 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.

2) Event Period: The contest begins at first light on March 21, 2011, and ends at dusk on March 19, 2012, the date of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. The Billabong XXL event period will continue to run on an annual cycle, beginning and ending on the date of the annual Vernal Equinox, with the next competition beginning March 20, 2012 and concluding on March 20, 2013, and so on, until further notice.

3) Competitors: The Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award is open to invited qualified watermen (and women) who have earned the respect of their peers by demonstrating the ability to ride extremely large waves without unnecessarily endangering themselves or others. Invitations to the Billabong XXL Awards are decided by the Invitation Committee made up by a panel of distinguished big wave safety experts and surfers. A current list of invitees can be found at www.BillabongXXL.com. Additional athletes may be added to the invitee list at any time by the Invitation Committee or by a majority vote of the existing entered Invitees. WHILE INVITATIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO ALL WORTHY SURFERS, SOME NAMES MAY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE LIST AT THE REQUEST OF CERTAIN ATHLETES AND/OR THEIR SPONSORS. Entries at certain specific venues may be restricted to a limited number of invited surfers to enhance safety and manage crowding concerns.

4) Location: All rides by invited, entered contestants at all surf spots in the world may be considered for the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award, other than those venues specifically limited in Addendum A.

5) Surfer Entries:
a) For a surfer to participate, he/she must BE INVITED, and request and complete an official Surfer Entry Form and Release prior to any big-wave attempts. The original completed and signed Surfer Entry Form must be delivered by mail or other means to the Official Address listed below. The Surfer Entry Form includes a release of liability in case of harm to the surfer and a photo release allowing the Billabong XXL event to use images of the winning ride in future advertising and promotion OF THE EVENT.

b) Once a surfer is entered and has caught a noteworthy wave, he/she may nominate a particular ride for the Ride of the Year prize by submitting a Ride Entry Form. In order to allow timely authentication of entered rides, Ride Entry Forms must be submitted within seven days of the date of the ride. Rides occurring during the final week of the event period must still be entered in no case later than March 23, 2012, although in the absence of major swell events in the final days of the period, entries may be closed on March 19, 2012 at the discretion of the contest director. Submitted video images may be displayed on the XXL website prior to receipt of Entry Forms, but are not considered Official Entries until forms are received.

c) There is no limit to how many rides a surfer may enter into consideration for the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award prize, although each ride must be entered separately and a signed Surfer Entry Form and Release must already be on file with the Billabong XXL event director. Surfers must be 18 years of age or older and experienced in handling high-surf conditions.

d) Surfers are encouraged to coordinate with any and all videographers who may have captured images of the ride in question to ensure they enter the images in the contest.

6) Video Entries:
a) For a video clip to be considered for the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award, the surfer depicted in the images must enter as outlined above. To enter a clip, videographers should fill out an official Image Entry Form for each clip and sign the release. The completed and signed Image Entry Form must be transmitted by email or delivered by appropriately secure means to the Official Addresses listed below. Preferred method of delivery of entry clips is by FTP transfer as Full Quality uncompressed NTSC or PAL Quicktime files uploaded to the event FTP site (technical details provided on request), or via a large file transfer provider such as YouSendIt.com. Clips may also be delivered digitally as Quicktime files on disc or flash drive mailed or shipped to the official event address. Billabong is not responsible for damage to or loss of entries while in transit.

b) An unedited version of the video must be submitted including all available frames of the start and end of the ride and without any embedded bugs or watermarks. XXL officials will appropriately trim down and otherwise prepare the clip for presentation in the following format:
• XXL Ride of the Year Event logo
• SLATE: Surfer name (and home country ID)
• SLATE: Location and date of ride
• Video of Ride at regular speed
• Video of Ride in slow motion
• SLATE: Videographer credit (one name or one production company)
• XXL Event logo

c) All images/video deemed worthy of consideration will be displayed on the BillabongXXL.com website and event partner sites including Surfline.com and official XXL event social networking or content sharing channels or pages on YouTube or Facebook, etc.

d) In order to allow timely authentication of entered images, images along with Image Entry Forms must be submitted within seven days of the date of the ride. Reasonable delays due to legitimately extenuating circumstances may be allowed by the Contest Director on a case-by-case basis.

e) There is no limit to how many rides a videographer may enter into consideration for the prize, although each ride must be entered separately.

f) Videographer contestants must be 18 years of age or older.

g) Videographers shooting from the water must be experienced in handling high-surf conditions.

7) Photographic Details
a) Video images of the ride will be the only evidence accepted in determining the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year prize. Personal testimonials, “expert” opinions, buoy readings or any other data purporting to establish the quality of a ride or height of a wave will not be considered.

b) Angles and Clarity: Preference may be given to high-definition video clips that are shot from those angles that minimize distortion of a wave’s true height and maintain continuity for the longest portion of the ride and provide evidence of the ride’s successful completion. Action which is not clearly visible due to loss of focus, haze, darkness, wave lumps in foreground or other visual interference cannot be fully considered.

c) Film and Video Stock: Quality reproduction is an essential requirement of the winning video clip and, therefore, technically superior video or motion picture formats are given preference. Rides must be originally shot on video or motion picture film to qualify for the Ride of the Year category. Sequence montages of still photographs transferred to video are not eligible for Ride of the Year consideration.

8 ) Judging And Event Procedures
a) Selection of Finalist Rides: After the closing date of the contest window, a Qualifying Panel will evaluate the entries received for adherence to the Rules, and from the Qualified Entries nominate five Finalist Rides for Ride of the Year. The Qualifying Panel will also select the single definitive video clip of each of the five rides, considering all factors such as sharpness, framing and completeness of a ride from beginning to end. The Qualifying Panel will determine by consensus what constitutes a “big” wave. The Qualifying Panel may seek input from some or all members of the larger judging panel at its discretion.  (For the Monster Tube category, due to space and time limits a maximum of five photographs will be selected as nominees per ride.)

b) Judging Panel: The Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award judging panel will consist of a large academy of individuals who are respected within the big wave community. Invitations to participate on this panel will be extended to all XXL competitors, photographers and videographers along with a selection of writers and editors who regularly cover the sport of big wave riding. The panel should be sufficiently large and diverse so as to prevent any manipulation of the results.

c) Judging Methodology: Following the official close of the contest period, judging academy members will be contacted and given details on how to view the finalist rides via the XXL website or other technically sufficient manner of content delivery. Judges will be expected to use their best efforts to fully review available materials and participate according to the rules and spirit of the event. Judges who may have personally witnessed candidate rides may draw on those experiences in addition to the video in formulating their opinions. Judges should refrain from lobbying other judges or otherwise making their votes public prior to the passing of the voting deadline.

d) Judging Criteria and Guidance: The Basic Evaluation Criteria in determining the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award shall be:
“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 event period.”

The following additional guidance will be provided:

“While the determination of excellence will always be a subjective matter, the panel is urged to reward sustained performance throughout the entirety of a ride, including the overall quality and quantity of maneuvers or critical positions achieved, and to value the skill of the surfer in a challenging situation above the good fortune presented purely by the unique shape of a particular wave.”

e) Judging Points System: After becoming familiar with the five Ride of the Year finalist rides, each judge will be asked to consider the judging criteria and guidance and rank the five finalist rides in the order they feel appropriate from first place to fifth place. Each judge will then submit his or her ballot by email to the Event Director. The following point values will be assigned to the ranking on each ballot and an overall total will be calculated from all ballots submitted.

1st = 100 points, 2nd = 75 points, 3rd = 55 points, 4th = 40 points, 5th = 30 points

In case of a judge assigning a tie to two or more rides on a ballot, the averaged score of the tied waves on that ballot will be tallied. For example, a tie between 4th and 5th would each receive 35 points, etc.

An appropriate deadline will be set for receipt of all ballots. Any ballots submitted after the deadline will not be counted. Individual ballots will remain secret to ensure candid input, but the final relative scores in aggregate will be made public.

f) Attendance: Each year, an awards ceremony will be held (at a location to be announced) where the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award finalists and winner will be honored. Winning surfers and videographers MUST be present at the ceremony in order to receive the cash prizes. The XXL Ride of the Year nominees finishing 3rd through 5th will receive a $1,500 award as a travel stipend at the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

g) Safety: The single most important statement to be made in outlining the rules for this event is that safety must be of the highest importance. Any attempts that are extraordinarily dangerous, discourteous or unsportsmanlike are strictly prohibited and will under no circumstances be considered for the prize. Contestants are expected to demonstrate the same high level of dedication to safety that has defined the top levels of big-wave surfing in recent years. This award is meant to honor and reward those individuals who have for years demonstrated great surfing skill — it will not acknowledge any instances of reckless bravado. It is in no way intended to encourage unqualified surfers to take risks for which they are unprepared.

h) Successful Ride Defined: For a ride to be deemed successful, the surfer must complete the meaningful portion of the wave while in control and under the power of only the wave and gravity. The ruling of the Qualifying Panel as to the success of a ride will be final.

i) Surfer and Surfboard Defined: While not meant to stifle innovation, to claim the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year Award, the surfer must ride the wave in a manner and on equipment consistent with recent surfing history. Only stand-up surfing will be considered. No powered equipment is eligible, including motorized or wind-driven craft.

j) Multiple Riders: Occasionally, group rides occur in big-wave surfing, but due to safety considerations, drop-ins are discouraged for the XXL Big Wave Awards. In the case of multiple riders on a wave worthy of consideration for the Ride of the Year prize, only the surfer closest to the breaking part of the wave will be eligible.

k) Cheating: Computer manipulation opens up the possibility for fraud. In order to eliminate the chances of a fake or enhanced ride being considered, source material must be submitted for examination on specific request. Any candidate rides taking place at relatively obscure locations that are not witnessed by a large number of observers will be subject to special scrutiny.

l) By Any Means Necessary: Acknowledging the widespread use of personal water craft among the big-wave elite, the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards will consider both tow-in and paddle-in rides for the Ride of the Year grand prize. Users of PWC are expected to observe all applicable regulations. Use of PWCs in close proximity to paddle-surfers in a dangerous or discourteous manner will be grounds for disqualification from the Billabong XXL event and removal of the offending surfer and/or driver from the invitation list. Such discipline will be at the discretion of the Invitation Committee.

m) The Billabong XXL event and the Contest Director reserve the right to add, amend or adjust the rules of the contest as appropriate to accommodate real-life developments. A list of winners will be posted on or about April 30, 2012, on the Billabong XXL website.

n) Rules and competition formats associated with this event are protected by copyright and intellectual property laws and may not be copied, adapted or otherwise applied to other events without written permission from Billabong and Sharp Media, Inc. Entire contents © 2011 by Sharp Media, Inc.

Contacts:
Surfers, photographers and working media covering the event may obtain additional information or rulings on specific questions by contacting:

Bill Sharp
Billabong XXL
Event Director
E-mail: SurfNewsEd@aol.com Phone: 949-548-6740

OFFICIAL ADDRESSES FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES
by US Mail
BILLABONG XXL AWARDS
P.O. Box 2701, Newport Beach, CA 92659

by Fedex or other courier
BILLABONG XXL AWARDS
1500 Haven Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663


XXL BIGGEST WAVE
OFFICIAL RULES

(Includes Monster Paddle Award details where applicable)

Rules and event format © 2011 & © 1997 by Sharp Media, Inc.

1) 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.

2) Event Period: The contest begins at first light on March 21, 2011, and ends at dusk on March 19, 2012, the date of the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. The Billabong XXL event period will continue to run on an annual cycle, beginning and ending on the date of the annual Vernal Equinox, with the next competition beginning March 20, 2012 and concluding on March 20, 2013, and so on, until further notice

3) Competitors: The Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award is open to invited qualified watermen (and women) who have earned the respect of their peers by demonstrating the ability to ride extremely large waves without unnecessarily endangering themselves or others. Invitations to the Billabong XXL Awards are decided by the Invitation Committee made up by a panel of distinguished big wave safety experts and surfers. A current list of invitees can be found at www.BillabongXXL.com. Additional athletes may be added to the invitee list at any time by the Invitation Committee or by a majority vote of the existing entered Invitees. WHILE INVITATIONS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO ALL WORTHY SURFERS, SOME NAMES MAY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE LIST AT THE REQUEST OF CERTAIN ATHLETES AND/OR THEIR SPONSORS. Entries at certain specific venues may be restricted to a limited number of invited surfers to enhance safety and manage crowding concerns. Such restrictions are identified in Addendum A.

4) Location: All rides by invited, entered contestants at all surf spots in the world may be considered for the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award, other than those venues specifically limited in Addendum A.

5) Surfer Entries:
a) For a surfer to participate, he/she must BE INVITED, and complete an official Surfer Entry Form and Release prior to any big-wave attempts. The original completed and signed Surfer Entry Form must be delivered by mail or other means to the Official Addresses listed below. The Surfer Entry Form includes a release of liability in case of harm to the surfer and a photo release allowing the Billabong XXL event to use images of the winning ride in future advertising and promotion OF THE EVENT.

b) Once a surfer is entered and has caught a noteworthy wave, he/she may nominate a particular ride for the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award prize by submitting a Ride Entry Form. In order to allow timely authentication of entered rides, Ride Entry Forms must be submitted within seven days of the date of the ride. Rides occurring during the final week of the event period must still be entered in no case later than March 23, 2012, although in the absence of major swell events in the final days of the period, entries may be closed on March 19, 2012 at the discretion of the contest director. Photos submitted by photographers may be displayed on the XXL website prior to receipt of Entry Forms, but are not considered Official Entries until forms are received.

c) There is no limit to how many rides a surfer may enter into consideration for the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award, although each ride must be entered separately and a signed Surfer Entry Form and Release must already be on file with the Billabong XXL event director. Surfers must be 18 years of age or older and experienced in handling high-surf conditions.

d) Surfers are encouraged to coordinate with any or all photographers/videographers who may have captured images of the ride in question to ensure they enter the images in the contest.

6) Photographer Entries:
a) For a photograph or video clip to be considered for the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award, the surfer depicted in the image must enter as outlined above. To enter an image or images, photographers should fill out an official Image Entry Form for each image, sign the release and deliver the documents by mail, Federal Express or other appropriately secure means to the Official Address listed below. A digital image of sufficient clarity must be submitted by e-mail to the event director within 7 days. The minimum size for preliminary digital submission of stills is at least 1500 pixels in its longest dimension in the JPEG format. Video clips should be submitted as full quality uncompressed Quicktime files in full resolution, HD preferred. Large or multiple files may be delivered by FTP transfer to the XXL FTP server (details on request). When required for verification or reproduction purposes, maximum quality digital still (RAW) images or video files must be submitted on request of the event director. Billabong is not responsible for damage to or loss of entries while in transit.

b) Still photographers are advised that sequential images of the start and end of the ride are essential to proving that the ride was indeed successful and should be included in the submission.

c) All images/video deemed worthy of consideration will be displayed on the BillabongXXL.com website and on event partner sites including Surfline.com and official XXL event social networking or content sharing channels or pages on YouTube or Facebook, etc.

d) In order to allow timely authentication of entered images, images and competed Image Entry Forms must be submitted within seven days of the date of the ride. Reasonable delays due to legitimately extenuating circumstances may be allowed by the Contest Director on a case-by-case basis.

e) There is no limit to how many rides a photographer may enter into consideration for the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award, although each ride must be entered separately.

f) Photo contestants must be 18 years of age or older.

g) Water photographers must be experienced in handling high-surf conditions.

7) Photographic Details:
a) Necessity: Photographic images of the ride will be the only evidence accepted in determining the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award prize. Personal testimonials, “expert” opinions, buoy readings or any other data purporting to establish the height of a wave will not be considered.

b) Angles: Preference may be given to photographic still images or video clips that are shot from those angles which minimize distortion of a wave’s true height. Photos shot from near sea level from the shore or from a personal watercraft or boat from some distance in front of the wave do the best job of showing a wave’s actual trough-to-crest face height. Photos shot from high vantage points such as sea cliffs or helicopters often fail to define where the face ends and the flats begin, and such factors are known and will be taken into consideration.

c) Image resolution: Both video and photos will be considered. Image clarity is essential to accurate evaluation and measurement of the relative sizes of wave faces, surfers, surfboards and other key elements — soft focus, haze, darkness, limited pixel count or other visual degradation will limit the value of an image as evidence of wave height. Reproduction is an essential requirement of the winning image and therefore technically superior film stocks or higher resolution digital files are given preference.

d) Digital photo submission guidelines: In the case of sequences, no more than eight (8) images should be submitted from a single ride. When submitted, still photos should be given a unique file name which defines the name of the surfer, the break, the photographer and the position in the sequence, but contains no more than 30 total characters. (EXAMPLE: BObamaMavsSpielberg1.jpg)

8 ) Judging Procedures:
a) Selection of Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award Finalist Rides: After the closing date of the contest window, a Qualifying Panel will evaluate the entries received for adherence to the Rules, and from the Qualified Entries nominate five Finalist Rides. The Qualifying Panel will also select the definitive still images and/or video of each of the five rides.  Due to space and time constraints, a maximum of ONE video clip and FIVE still images from different photographers per ride will be named as video/photo nominees, with the selection based on the best comparative sharpness, framing and overall drama.

b) Objective Measurement Panel: The Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award measurement panel will consist of eight judges and a head judge who will only vote in case of a tie. At least two measurement panel positions will be assigned to respected big-wave surfers who are not in contention for any categories of that year’s Billabong XXL Awards. The balance of the panel will consist of Editorial Department representatives from Surfline.com, Surfer Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Transworld Surf Magazine or other respected media outlet. No direct employees of Billabong or any other company involved in the sponsorship of individual athletes will be voting members of the measurement panel. Head judge and mediator for all Billabong XXL Awards panel will be Bill Sharp, the creator of the XXL event and K2 Big Wave Challenge.

c) Methodology: Following the expiration of the contest period, the measurement panel will be convened. The panel will consider all available still and motion images of each of the five Finalist Rides, making an effort to assign an approximate objective measurement of the height of each wave. Using the This-Many-Times-Overhead formula and taking into consideration the angle of the photo or video and the height of the surfer, each of the Finalist Rides will be given an Estimated Face Height in feet. The EFH for each ride will be compared and the judges will debate the merits of each Finalist Ride and then a secret ballot vote will be taken. If there is not unanimous consensus on the first vote, further analysis and discussion will take place, followed by a second vote. The Finalist Ride garnering the most votes in the second ballot will be deemed the winner. While the semi-objective EFH rating will be an important tool in the discussion, the subjective opinion of the measurement panel will be the deciding factor and their decision will be final and binding.

d) Attendance: Each year, an awards ceremony will be held (at a location to be announced) where the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award winner will be honored. Winning surfers and videographers MUST be present at the ceremony in order to receive the cash prizes.

e) Safety: The single most important statement to be made in outlining the rules for this event is that safety must be of the highest importance. Any attempts that are extraordinarily dangerous, discourteous or unsportsmanlike are strictly prohibited and will under no circumstances be considered for the prize. Contestants are expected to demonstrate the same high level of dedication to safety that has defined the top levels of big-wave surfing in recent years. This award is meant to honor and reward those individuals who have for years demonstrated great surfing skill — it will not acknowledge any instances of reckless bravado. It is in no way intended to encourage unqualified surfers to take risks for which they are unprepared.

f) Successful Ride Defined: For a ride to be deemed successful, the surfer must complete the meaningful portion of the wave while in control and under the power of only the wave and gravity. The ruling of the Qualifying Panel as to the success of a ride will be final. In the case of the Monster Paddle Award, a surfer must complete the initial drop down the entire wave face and maintain forward momentum with his body and entire surfboard clear of the lip at its moment of impact.

g) Surfer and Surfboard Defined: While not meant to stifle innovation, to claim the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award, the surfer must ride the wave in a manner and on equipment consistent with recent surfing history. Only stand-up surfing will be considered. No powered equipment is eligible, including motorized or wind-driven craft.

h) Wave Height Defined: The wave height to be measured will be the distance from the lip to the trough of the wave at its highest moment during the ride as measured above and below the surfer. If a surfer catches a wave on the shoulder, the height of the wave in the vicinity of his point of entry will be counted, not the height of the wave at the peak. The bottom trough measurement will be taken from what is agreed to be the lowest point relative to the extended slope of the wave face to which either a surfer or the whitewater of the broken wave may ever reach. Height of the wave between these points will be the overriding factor in deciding the winner — thickness or “heaviness” of the wave will only be considered if a tiebreaker is required for two waves that appear to be of nearly identical height.

i) Multiple Riders: Occasionally, group rides occur in big-wave surfing, but due to safety considerations, drop-ins are discouraged in all categories of the Billabong XXL Big-Wave Awards. In the case of multiple riders on a wave worthy of consideration for the XXL Biggest Wave prize, only the surfer closest to the breaking part of the wave will be eligible. For the Monster Paddle division, multiple riders not interfering with each other may each be considered individually.

j) Cheating: Computer manipulation opens up the possibility for fraud. In order to eliminate the chances of a fake or enhanced ride being considered, the Event Director may ask for additional input to assist verification, including original RAW digital files and complete ride sequences. Any candidate rides taking place at relatively obscure locations that are not witnessed by a large number of observers will be subject to special scrutiny.

k) By Any Means Necessary: Acknowledging the widespread use of personal water craft among the big-wave elite, the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards will consider both tow-in and paddle-in rides for the XXL Biggest Wave prize. Users of PWC are expected to observe all applicable regulations. Use of PWCs in close proximity to paddle-surfers in a dangerous or discourteous manner will be grounds for disqualification from the Billabong XXL event and removal of the offending surfer and/or driver from the invitation list. Such discipline will be at the discretion of the Invitation Committee.

l) The Billabong XXL event and the Contest Director reserve the right to add, amend or adjust the rules of the contest as appropriate to accommodate real-life developments. A list of winners will be posted on or about April 30, 2012, on the Billabong XXL website.

m) Rules and competition formats associated with this event are protected by copyright and intellectual property laws and may not be copied, adapted or otherwise applied to other events without written permission from Billabong and Sharp Media, Inc. Entire contents © 2011 by Sharp Media, Inc.

Contacts:
Surfers, photographers and working media covering the event may obtain additional information or rulings on specific questions by contacting:

Bill Sharp
Billabong XXL
Event Director
E-mail: SurfNewsEd@aol.com Phone: 949-548-6740

OFFICIAL ADDRESSES FOR SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES
by US Mail
BILLABONG XXL AWARDS
P.O. Box 2701, Newport Beach, CA 92659

by Fedex or other courier
BILLABONG XXL AWARDS
1500 Haven Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663

BILLABONG XXL AWARDS
OFFICIAL RULES
ADDENDUM A – SPECIFIC LOCATION LIMITATIONS

The following surf spots will be limited to certain time frames and/or other restrictions concerning which rides will be eligible for consideration for the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award.  This restriction does not apply to the Monster Paddle category.

A1.
LOCATION:
The break known as Pe’ahi (and/or Jaws) on the north coast of Maui. Both right and left-breaking waves are included.

CONTESTANTS: Only those surfers specifically and currently listed as Pe’ahi Invitees will be eligible to enter Pe’ahi rides for consideration for the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award. Invitees will be culled from the invitee lists from key Hawaiian big wave events including the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Invitational and the Mormaii Handsome Bugga Tow In World Cup. Previous participation in the XXL and/or invitation to other Peahi events or Expression Sessions do not assure inclusion in the current season’s list of Pe’ahi Invitees. The size and content of the list will be reviewed from time to time by a committee of respected Peahi surfers and water safety experts and adjusted as needed to ensure that surfers electing to enter rides in the XXL event have not had an adverse impact on the existing levels of order and safety at the break.