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Andrew Marr a finalist in two categories in Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 April, 2007 : - - South African Andrew Marr has been nominated as a finalist in two categories of the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, the annual accolades that honour the exploits of big wave surfers worldwide.
Marr, who turns 33 on Sunday (1 April), hails from Knysna but has spent the last 10 years living and riding the biggest waves he can find in Hawaii and Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula. He is one of five finalists for the premier Ride of the Year award which offers prize-money of US $50 000 (approx R370 000) and acknowledges the most amazing performance on a big wave recorded on video in the last 12 months.
He is also in the final five for the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave Award of US $15 000 (approx R110 000) that goes to the rider on the wave with the tallest face recorded on video or still photography over the past year.
Both Marrs waves were recorded at Dungeons, the open ocean reef at the entrance to Hout Bay on the Cape Peninsula on 30 July 2006. Californian Greg Long is also in contention for the Biggest Wave for his ride on the same day at Dungeons.
Marr collected a total R75 000 in last years Big Wave Africa event at Dungeons which was held four days before the rides submitted to the XXL awards. He earned R50 000 for finishing runner-up to Durbans John Whittle along with R25 000 for the biggest wave in the event when he paddled into a wave half the size of that he was towed into behind a jetski for the XXL nominated waves.
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The video footage of Marrs XXL Ride of the Year was submitted by veteran big wave rider and videographer Grant Washburn while the stills for the Biggest Wave for both Marr and Long were submitted by Kommetjies Shaun Timoney and Al MacKinnon (UK). If Marrs ride wins Washburn stands to collect US $5 000 and the top photographer receives US $4 000
See below for the full media release with all the awards nominees and video footage. Video and images can be viewed at www.billabongXXL.com where there will be a free webcast of the awards ceremony at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California, USA on the evening of Friday 13 April 2007.
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