Oakley/ASL Big Wave Awards
No contest singlets no ratings points just one really big wave
Australia and New Zealand
1 June '08 - 1 February '09
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BRA BOY MATHEWS TAKES OUT THE BIG PRIZE AT OAKLEY SURFING LIFE BIG WAVE AWARDS
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 February, 2009 : - - Its by the big wave equivalent of a hairs-breadth but Maroubras Mark Mathews is $20,000 richer after collecting the Biggest Wave Ridden award at a gala presentation for the Oakley Surfing Life Big Wave Awards.
In what judges described as the closest contest in the events seven year history, the 24-year-old Mathews just edged out Brontes Kobi Graham and Western Australian Damien Taco Warr for the big one, with a ride estimated at nearly 14 metres (45 feet in surfer lingo) at Cow Bombie, WA last September.
Im ecstatic, exclaimed Mark as he was surrounded by hectic well-wishers at the celebrity-studded Bondi Pavilion party. I still think we shouldve had a paddle-in contest to decide the winner from the finalists. I know it was that close.
Judges were torn until they were able to view high-quality video of Mathewss ride, provided by well known surf filmmaker Tim Bonython. Bonythons footages role was rewarded with $3000 for the Biggest Wave Shooter Award. I didnt know if Mark wanted me to submit the footage, said a thrilled Tim. Then he called me at the last minute. Now Im extremely stoked I did!
Marti Paradisis, the Tasmanian Tiger, made his own kind of history last night by becoming the first surfer to take two Awards in the one year: one for Biggest Paddle-in Ride (at his beloved Shipstern Bluff), and one for Best Overall Performance for 2008/09.
And in a sensational, crowd-rocking announcement, event presenters Oakley busted out an extra $5000 Peoples Choice Award for young Western Ozzie boy Kerby Brown, whose crazy slab ridden last year at a secret reef near his home town has had everyone slack-jawed. The wave fell just short of Biggest Wave contention yet it, and some other super-thick waves entered this year, will almost certainly become the new benchmark for the hell-wave fraternity this coming season.
Said Kerby: Im without a major sponsor at the moment so the money will allow me to continue doing what I love: chasing the biggest swells around the country and finding new crazy waves to ride.
These surfers are like gladiators, he continued. Taking on anything nature can throw at them. Its got to the point where it is extremely dangerous and lives are on the line so hats off to everyone pushing it so far. We are only going to see bigger and heavier rides this year. I can assure you of that!
Organisers promise exciting new developments with the Awards in 2009/10 stay tuned!
BIGGEST WAVE RIDDEN: Mark Mathews
BIGGEST PADDLE-IN RIDE: Marti Paradisis
BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Marti Paradisis
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT: Kerby Brown
SHOOTER AWARDS: Tim Bonython, Dave Otto
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