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.