The 2018 World Surf League Big Wave Awards honor the world’s best big-wave surfers in categories from Wipeout of the Year to the men’s and women’s Overall Performances, with submissions from famous big-wave spots like Nazaré, Portugal and Peahi, Maui.
The Big Wave Awards honor the best performances in big wave surfing from the 2017-18 season in seven categories with a total prize purse of $350,000.
Hawaii athletes were nominated across all categories, including Kai Lenny and Ian Walsh for Ride of the Year; Nathan Florence and Aaron Gold for Biggest Paddle; Kai Lenny for Quiksilver Airlift XXL Biggest Wave; Billy Kemper and Ian Walsh for Tube of the Year; Billy Kemper and Eli Olson for Wipeout of the Year; Paige Alms and Keala Kennelly for Hydro Flask Women’s Best Performance.
The full list of winners from the biggest night in big-wave surfing:
>> Men’s Overall Performance: Lucas “Chumbo” Chianc
>> Hydro Flask Women’s Overall Performance: Paige Alms
>> Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave Award: Rodrigo Koxa
>> Biggest Paddle Award: Aaron Gold
>> Wipeout of the Year Award: Andrew Cotton
>>Ride of the Year Award: Ian Walsh