The annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards was won by Brazilian Danilo Couto for the Ride of the Year. Couto earned $50,000 for a paddle-in wave conquered at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii during one of the biggest swells of the year.
Couto, who has been living in Hawaii for many years in his personal quest to ride bigger and bigger waves, was ecstatic as he accepted his award.
“I’ve been feeling really good for two months, ever since I caught that wave,” said Couto. “I couldn’t sleep for days, knowing I had done something so special. To be a part of surf history, to have an impact … it’s special.”
Hawaiian Shane Dorian officially surfed into the record books for paddling into his own outrageous wave at Jaws, Maui (judged to be 57 ft on the face), easily winning the Monster Paddle Award. Dorian also captured the Monster Tube Award for his heroics later on the same wave, as he pulled into one of the greatest barrels of all time.
“It was an epic swell, a real late season swell,” recalled Dorian. “I didn’t really catch a lot of big waves throughout the whole year…I was just stoked the swell came my way, near my house in Maui, and we scored. The Monster Tube award is pretty special –I mean every surfer wants to get tubed, right?”
Billabong XXL Big Wave Results:
BILLABONG XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR SURFER WINNER:
WINNER BILLABONG XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD
(wave was 67 feet)
WINNER MONSTER PADDLE AWARD
(wave was 57 feet, a new record!!)
MONSTER TUBE SURFER AWARD