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Finalists announced for Billabong XXL Awards

The nominees in three of the most popular categories of the 2013 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards have been revealed. Ballots are about to go out to the surfing world's top athletes, photographers and journalists this week to determine the winners. 

In contention for the famed XXL Wipeout of the Year honors are five surfers at four notorious big wave breaks sprinkled around the world. Heading up the candidates for 2013 are the only two Australians to garner nominations this year: Brett Burcher of Ulladulla, New South Wales and Chris Shanahan of Denmark, Western Australia. Both suffered horrendous missteps at a viciously shallow break in West Oz known simply as "The Right" and both were captured by videographer Darren McCagh.

Also being acknowledged among "the best of the worst" are: Joao De Macedo, who launched into space at Maverick's in Northern California; Tom Dosland for skimming on his back down the face of a huge wave at Jaws, Hawaii; and Axi Muniain for an aquatic reverse-somersault at Nazaré, Portugal.

The winners will be announced at the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards party at the Grove Theater in California on May 3.

FIVE XXL WIPEOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $2,000 - Video prize $1,000)

Brett Burcher (Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia) at The Right, Western Australia.

(Video by Darren McCagh.)

Joao de Macedo (San Francisco, California, USA) at Maverick;s, California.

(Video by Curt Myers.)

Tom Dosland (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii.

(Video by Elliot Leboe.)

Axi Muniain (Zarautz, Basque Country, Spain) at Nazaré, Portugal.

(Video by Ingo Quintana.)

Chris Shanahan (Denmark, Western Australia) at The Right, Western Australia.

(Video by Darren McCagh.)

To watch all of the entires click here

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