The Big Wave Oscars were delivered last night at a ceremony held in Santa Monica, California. There were 7 categories in the competition: Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave, Ride of the Year, Paddle Award, Tube of the Year, Wipeout of the Year, Women's Best Overall Performance and Men's Best Overall Performance.
Nazare, through the North Beach, had 11 nominations, reaching all categories except Tube of the Year. Of the 5 waves nominees for the biggest wave, Nazare had 4 nominations, winning the 1st prize, with a wave of 24,38 meters, surfed by the Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa. The World Record for the biggest wave was breaked. Congratulations!!
In addition to the biggest wave, Nazaré joins Andrew Cotton's Wipeout of the Year and Lucas Chianca, in Men's Overall Performance. Lucas had an outstanding performance throughout the season, always showing determination and passion. A clearly deserved prize! Congratulations!
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
1.XXL Quiksilver Biggest Wave: RODRIGO KOXA
Place: North Beach, Nazaré, Portugal Photographer: Pedro Cruz
2. Ride of the Year: IAN WALSH
Place: Pe'ahi, Maui- Hawaii Videographer: Dan Norkunas
3. Paddle Award: AARON GOLD
Place: Pe'ahi, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii Photographer: Brent Broza
4. Tube of the Year: IAN WALSH
Place: Pe'ahi, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii Photographer: Richard Hallman
5. Wipeout of the Year: ANDREW COTTON
Place: North Beach, Nazaré, Portugal Videographer: Pedro Miranda
6. Hydro Flask Women's Best Overall Performance:
PAIG ALMS at Pe'ahi, Haiku, Hawaii Video: Dan Norkunas
7. Men's Best Overall Performance: LUCAS CHIANCA
Place: at North Beach, Nazaré, Portugal Photographer: Vitor Estrelinha
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! Check out the official WSL Big Wave Awards website for more details, photos and videos and keep up with the news as the Big Wave 2019 race has begun!