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2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards Nominees Announced

New Five-Week Award Programming Started Monday 7/20

  • Potential World Record for Women’s cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Category
  • Fan Voting for Wipeout of the Year Opens Today at 3 PM PDT
  • Links For Wipeout Vision and Awards Summary Below
Front page: Justine Dupont’s nominated ride at Nazaré, Portugal for the cbdMD XXL Big Wave category. Credit: © André Botelho
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LOS ANGELES, Calif./USA (Monday, July 20, 2020) – The World Surf League (WSL) today announced the nominees for the 2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards (BWA). Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year’s Big Wave Awards will honor the best in big wave surfing from the past 12 months.

Over the next five weeks, the 2020 BWA will present awards for men’s and women’s divisions across four categories: Ride of the Year, cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave, Paddle Award, and Overall Performer of the Year. The BWA will also honor the Wipeout of the Year winner as voted by fans in the BWA’s first fan-voted category.

Each week, the WSL will announce one BWA category winner on WorldSurfLeague.com/gobig, starting with Wipeout of the Year.

2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards Programming Schedule:

  • July 20: Official 2020 BWA Nominees Announced; fan voting for Wipeout of the Year opens at 3:00 p.m. PDT at WorldSurfLeague.com/gobig
  • July 27: Wipeout of the Year Winner Announced on World Surf Weekly at 3:00 p.m. PDT
  • August 3:  Biggest Paddle Award Winners Announced on World Surf Weekly at 3:00 p.m. PDT
  • August 10: Overall Performer of the Year Winners Announced on World Surf Weekly at 3:00 p.m. PDT
  • August 17: cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award Winners Announced on World Surf Weekly at 3:00 p.m. PDT
  • August 24: Ride of the Year Winners Announced  on World Surf Weekly at 3:00 p.m. PDT
The annual BWAs validate the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ and all entries have the potential to break the current world records. This year’s cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave category has two strong world record contenders: Justine Dupont (FRA) and Maya Gabeira (BRA). The winner of the category – and world record determination – will be announced on August 17.
The nominees for 2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards are (in alphabetical order):

WIPEOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
Winner will be announced July 27 at 3:00 p.m. PDT on WSL World Surf Weekly.

While the performance categories salute the most successful rides of the past year, the Wipeout division presents the most amazing unsuccessful rides. Epitomizing the courage needed for big wave surfing, the surfers nominated for this accolade show no shortage of heart and commitment. This is the BWA’s first fan-voted category. Voting opens July 20 at 3:00 p.m. PDT and closes on July 23 at 6:00 p.m. PDT. Vote now at WorldSurfLeague.com/gobig.

Felipe Cesarano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 14, 2020. (Video by Pedro Miranda.)
Keala Kennelly (Honolulu, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Video by Carlo Carbajal.)
Torrey Meister at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Video by Carlo Carbajal.)
Francisco Porcella at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (VIdeo by Carlo Carbajal.)
Jerome Sahyoun (Casablanca, Morocco) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on January 14, 2020. (Video by Luke McNee.)

BIGGEST PADDLE AWARD NOMINEES
Winners will be announced August 3 at 3:00 p.m. PDT on WSL World Surf Weekly.The Biggest Paddle Awards go to the male and female surfers who paddle into and successfully ride the biggest wave of the year.

Male Nominees
Russell Bierke (Ulladulla, Australia) at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Adam Carbajal, Aaron Lynton and Keoki Saguibo. Video by Marcus Rodrigues.)
Nathan Florence (Haleiwa, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Marco Arellano, Richard Hallman, Aaron Lynton and Keoki Saguibo. Video by Carlo Carbajal.)
Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Photos by Marco Arellano, Dooma Photos, Richard Hallman, Aaron Lynton and Keoki Saguibo. Video by WSL Video Team.)
Eli Olson (Haleiwa, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Marco Arellano, Aaron Lynton and Cait Miers. Video by WSL Video Team.)
Ian Walsh (Kuau, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Amanda Beenen-Cantor, Martin Caprile, Mendo Dornellas, Aaron Lynton and Luana Teixeria. Video by WSL VIdeo Team.)

Female Nominees
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Photos by Marco Arellano, Amanda Beenen-Cantor, Sofie Louca, Aaron Lynton and Cait Miers. Video by WSL Video Team.)
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii on November 15, 2019.
(Photo by Aaron Lynton. Video by Marcus Rodrigues.)
Felicity Palmateer (Burleigh Heads, Qld., Australia) at Jaws, Hawaii on February 11, 2020. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Noah Andrews, Adam Carbajal, Aaron Lynton and Cait Miers. Video by Carlo Carbajal.)

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES
Winners will be announced August 10 at 3:00 p.m. PDT on WSL World Surf Weekly.The Overall Performer of the Year Awards acknowledge the top-performing male and female surfers over the course of the last 12 months (ending March 20, 2020) based on every ride captured on video or still images.

Female Nominees
Paige Alms (Hawaii, USA)
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
Michaela Fregonese (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Felicity Palmateer (Queensland, Australia)

Male Nominees
Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa)
Russell Bierke (New South Wales, Australia)
Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Nathan Florence (Hawaii, USA)
Billy Kemper (Hawaii, USA)
Kai Lenny (Hawaii, USA)
Tom Lowe (Cornwall, United Kingdom)
Eli Olson (Hawaii, USA)
Nic Von Rupp (Sintra, Portugal)
Ian Walsh (Hawaii, USA)

cbdMD XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD NOMINEES
Winners will be announced August 17 at 3:00 p.m. PDT on WSL World Surf Weekly. The cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Awards go to the male and female surfers who, by any means available, catch and ride the biggest wave of the year.

Male Nominees
Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on February 17, 2020. (Photo by Helio Antonio. Video by Nuno Dias.)
Kai Lenny (Maui Hawaii) at Jaws, Hawaii on December 31, 2019. (Video by Marcus Rodrigues.)
Kai Lenny (Maui Hawaii) on a left at Nazaré, Portugal on February 11, 2020.
(Photos by Helio Antonio, Pedro Cruz, Vitor Estrelinha and Brady Lawrence. Video by Johnny Decesare.)
Kai Lenny (Maui Hawaii) on a right at Nazaré, Portugal on February 11, 2020. (Photos by André Botelho. Video by Laurent Pujol.)
Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany at Nazaré, Portugal on February 11, 2020. (Photos by Helio Antonio. Pedro Cruz and Laurent Masurel. Video by WSL Video Team.)

Female Nominees
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France) at Nazaré, Portugal on November 13, 2019 (Photos by Maria Fernanda and Rafael Riancho. Video by Pedro Miranda.)
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France) at Nazaré, Portugal on February 11, 2020. (Photos by Helio Antonio, André Botelho, Vitor Estrelinha and Laurent Masurel. Video by Antoine Chicoye.)
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on February 11, 2020.
(Photos by Helio Antonio, Pedro Cruz and Damien Poullenot. Video by Pedro Miranda.)

RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
Winners will be announced on August 24 at 3:00 p.m. PDT on WSL World Surf Weekly.The Ride of the Year is the top-line category of the event and is awarded to the male and female surfers who demonstrate the most advanced and committed level of big wave surfing during a successful ride, as judged by available video-footage. While raw size is taken into consideration, it is ultimately the level of performance that is rewarded.

Female Nominees
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on November 15, 2019. (Video by Elliot Leboe)
Justine Dupont (Segnoisse, France) at Nazaré, Portugal on February 11, 2019. (Video by Laurent Pujol.)
Michaela Fregonese (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 31, 2019. (Video by Adam Carbajal)

Male Nominees
Russell Bierke (Ulladulla, NSW, Australia) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii, on December 12, 2019. (Video by Carlo Carbajal)
Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)  at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii, on January 23, 2020. (Video by Are Frapwell)
Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 25, 2020. (Video by Johnny Decesare)
Tom Lowe (Cornwall, United Kingdom) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on January 14, 2020. (Video by Oliver Hegarty)
Eli Olson (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)  at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii, on December 12, 2019. (Video by Tomo McPherson)

The 2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards are proudly supported by Red Bull and cbdMD.

Photographs and video of all the nominated rides can be viewed at WorldSurfLeague.com/gobig.

About the WSL 
The World Surf League (WSL), established in 1976, is the home of surfing. The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.The WSL is a global organization, headquartered in Santa Monica and with regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA. The WSL possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation, and performance at the highest levels.

The WSL is comprised of Tours & Events, celebrating the world’s best surfers across all disciplines and annually running more than 180 global contests and crowning the undisputed World Champions across all divisions; WSL WaveCo, where innovation meets experience; and WSL Studios, which offers best in class storytelling across competition, lifestyle, and conservation.For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com

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