Big Wave Updates
Surfing Life's Oakley Big Wave Awards go off
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 February, 2015 - In a gala evening, attended by a star-studded celebratory audience and the who’s who of the surf industry, four Australian men have been crowned the champions of Big Wave Surfing in Australian waters for 2015.
The premier Biggest Wave category came down to a tight, cross-country battle between two surf spots far removed from the safety of the Australian coastline – Cow Bombie in south-west WA and Pedra Branca, a day’s sail off the coast of Tasmania. Rohan Annesley and Jarryd Foster, two underground chargers from Western Australia tackled two huge waves at Cow Bombie, and Justen ‘Jughead’ Allport, an East Coast big wave luminary, ventured to Pedra Branca for his attempt at the prize. Jarryd Foster, however, walked away from the battle with the $20,000 winner’s cheque, making a cross-country journey for work all the more worthwhile.
“It was such a special day of waves. I’m originally from the south-west of Western Australia, but have relocated to Tasmania and have been living there for the past two years. Funnily enough, I was back in Western Australia for work for a really short period of time when this swell popped up. It was the biggest I had seen out at Cow Bombie and definitely the cleanest it gets at this size. I had to scramble to borrow a wetsuit and borrow some boards and luckily for me I got towed into this wave, on all borrowed gear, and it’s turned out to be the biggest!"
Biggest Wave Award - Jarryd Foster
Biggest Paddle-In - Mark Visser
Biggest Slab Award - Chris Ross