Hawaii’s Shane Dorian leads the list of finalists in this year’s Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards taking place tomorrow, Friday May 3rd, in Southern Cali. Thanks to several mind-blowing Jaws rides you’ve no doubt all seen by now, Dorian’s accrued an unprecedented five nominations in the event – one in every category except wipeout and, strangely, female performance.
Taking place at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, the 13th Annual Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards will once again serve as the Oscars for the big wave surfing world. Nominated waves were challenged in Ireland, Fiji, Portugal, Australia, Hawaii and at Cortes Bank.
Dorian is up for Pacifico Paddle, XXL Biggest Wave, Surfline Overall Performance, Pacifico Tube and Ride of the Year. If he were to sweep, Dorian could potentially walk with prize money totaling $90,000 out of a total purse of $122,500. The Kona resident is no stranger to the XXL winner’s circle – he has collected champion honors in various categories six times over the last decade, more than any other.
Friday’s awards show is invitation-only (although you could always gate-crash the joint) but the entire proceedings will be webcast at www.BillabongXXL.com and televised on the ESPN networks on June 9.
Ride of the Year Award, which bestows a money pot of $50,000 upon the winner as voted by an “academy” of over 500 of the world’s best big wave surfers.