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Shane Dorian tops list of XXL finalists

Shane Dorian © Bruno Lemos

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Epic Jaws swell bolsters Dorian's entries

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 April, 2013 : - - Hawaii's Shane Dorian leads the list of finalists in the 2013 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards taking place this Friday, May 3rd in Southern California. Thanks to several extraordinary rides on an epic swell at Jaws on Maui, Dorian, 40, accrued an unprecedented five nominations in the event - one in every category except wipeout and female performance.
 
Taking place at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, the 13th Annual Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards will once again serve as the Oscars for the big wave surfing world, acknowledging landmark moments in the sport at any break anywhere on the planet as long as it was captured on camera. Nominated waves were challenged in Ireland, Fiji, Portugal, Australia, Hawaii and at the Cortes Bank, 100 miles off the coast of Southern California.

Dorian is up for an assortment of awards including Pacifico Paddle, XXL Biggest Wave, Surfline Overall Performance, Pacifico Tube and the Ride of the Year. If he were to sweep, Dorian could potentially walk with prize money totaling $90,000 out of the Billabong XXL's total purse of $122,500. The Kona resident is no stranger to the XXL winner's circle - he has collected champion honors in various categories six times over the last decade, more than any other surfer.
 
In counterpoint to Dorian's distinguished career is first-time nominee Anastasia Ashley of San Clemente, California. Ashley, up for the Billabong Girls Overall Performance Award, has in recent seasons gained at least as much social media attention for her form as a model on land as for her form on a board in the surf. Ashley may now round out her list of achievements with her XXL finalist status affirming her as one of the hardest-charging big wave specialists of the year. 
 
The top-line honor at Friday's Billabong XXL ceremony is the Ride of the Year Award, which bestows $50,000 upon the winner as voted by an "academy" of over 500 of the world's best big wave surfers, photographers and magazine editors. Nominated along with Dorian is Santa Cruz surfer Shawn Dollar, who conquered a massive open-ocean swell at the Cortes Bank (the legendary seamount 100 miles southwest of Los Angeles, California) and Orange County surfer Greg Long, for an enormous tube at Hawaii's Jaws. The other two R.O.T.Y. finalists are Hawaiians Dave Wassel and Reef McIntosh, who each completed spectacular barrel rides at Cloudbreak, off the Fijian Island of Tavarua.
 
The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards are presented by Pacifico Beer. Pelican Products is the official provider of waterproof cases. Surfline.com is the exclusive surf forecast of the XXL. The event is sponsored by Surfing Magazine and Air Tahiti Nui airlines.

 

The final nominees for 2013, in alphabetical order:
 
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.)
 
FIVE SURFLINE BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES
     (Surfer prize $5,000)
Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa)
Kohl Christensen (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA)
Mark Healey (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA)
 
THREE BILLABONG GIRLS BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES
     (Surfer prize $5,000)
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
Anastasia Ashley (San Clemente, California, USA)
Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)

FIVE BILLABONG XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
     (Surfer prize $50,000  -  Video prize $5,000)
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Cortes Bank, California on December 21, 2012.
     (Video by Steve Kennedy.)
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii on October 9, 2012.
     (Video by Elliot Leboe.)
Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii on October 10, 2012.
     (Video by Bruno Lemos.)
Reef McIntosh (Kauai, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012.
     (Video by Talon Clemow.)
Dave Wassel (Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012.
     (Video by Nick Pollet.)

 

 

Previous Nominees
 
FIVE PACIFICO PADDLE AWARD NOMINEES
     (Surfer prize $20,000 - Photo/video prize $4,000)
Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa at Cortes Bank, California on December 21, 2012.
     (Photos by Pat Stacy. Video by Neil Goss.)
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Cortes Bank, California on December 21, 2012.
     (Photos by Robert Brown, Rob Gilley, Greg Huglin, Frank Quirarte and Pat Stacy. Video by Jason Murray.)
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii, on October 9, 2012.
     (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Jace Panebianco/Poorboyz.)
Matt Meola (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii on December 31, 2012.
     (Photos by Bruno Lemos and PhotoBrent. Video by Bruno Lemos.)
Makua Rothman (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 9, 2012.
     (Photos by Eric Aeder, Sean Hower, Bruno Lemos, and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Elliot Leboe.)
 
FIVE BILLABONG XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD NOMINEES
     (Surfer prize $10,000 - Photo/video prize $4,000)
Danilo Couto (Bahia, Brazil) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on January 27, 2013.
     (Photo by Laurent Pujol. Video by Sebastian Muller.)
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Cortes Bank, California on December 21, 2012.
     (Photos by Robert Brown, Rob Gilley, Greg Huglin, Frank Quirarte and Pat Stacy. Video by Neil Goss.)
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii, on October 9, 2012.
     (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Bruno Lemos.)
Kealii Mamala (Haleiwa, Hawaii) at Nazaré, Portugal, on January 28, 2013.
     (Photos by Bruno Aleixo, Luis Bento, Greg Huglin, To Mane, Wilson Ribeiro and Ricardo Bravo Santos. Video by Greg Huglin.)
Antonio Silva (Cascais, Portugal) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 28, 2013.
     (Photos by Bruno Aleixo, Diogo D'Orey and Ricardo Bravo Santos. Video by Greg Huglin.)
 
FIVE PACIFICO TUBE AWARD NOMINEES
     (Surfer prize $5,000 - Still photography prize $2,000)
Peter Conroy (Miltown Malbray, Ireland) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on January 21, 2013.
     (Photos by Roo McCrudden.)
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii, on October 9, 2012.
     (Photos by Erik Aeder, Richard Hallman, Bruno Lemos and Fred Pompermayer.)
Reef McIntosh (Kauai, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012.
   (Photos by Fred Pompermayer, Rusty Russell and Tom Servais.)
Ramon Navarro (Pichilemu, Chile) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012.
     (Photos by PhotoBrent and Rusty Russell.)
Dave Wassel (Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012.
     (Photos by Brian Bielmann, PhotoBrent, Ted Pompermayer and Tom Servais.)
 
www.billabongxxl.com

Source: Billabong

Author: The Editors

Tags: Awards, Video, Big Wave, Billabong XXL, Shane Dorian

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