Shane Dorian: defying Jaws

Shawn Dollar, Shane Dorian, Greg Long, Reef McIntosh and Dave Wassel have been nominated for the "Rider of the Year", at the 2013 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.


Hawaiian surfer Shane Dorian has been nominated in all four of the categories - Ride of the Year, Paddle Wave, Tube Ride and Biggest Wave - for his landmark ride on an enormous wave at Jaws, Maui, in early October.
 
California's Shawn Dollar is right on Dorian's heels with a trio of nominations for his own exceptionally tall wave caught in a dangerous December session, at the notorious Cortes Bank.

Greg Long, from San Clemente, is fighting for glory with a deep tube at Jaws, along with a pair of amazing waves at Cloudbreak by a pair of amazing Hawaiian surfers, Reef McIntosh and Dave Wassel.

In cold water conditions, Danilo Couto at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland, and rides at the newly-famous break of Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal by Hawaiian Kealii Mamala and local Portuguese surfer Antonio Silva are nominated for Biggest Wave.

Garrett McNamara has decided to withdraw from the Billabong XXL Awards, citing lack of sponsorship and the presence of alcohol brands in the big wave surfing event.

Winners of the Billabong XXL Awards 2013 will be announced at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California, on the 3rd May.
 
The nominees for the Billabong XXL Awards 2013:

Ride of the Year:
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Cortes Bank, California on December 21, 2012
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii on October 9, 2012
Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii on October 10, 2012
Reef McIntosh (Kauai, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012
Dave Wassel (Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012

Paddle Wave:
Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa at Cortes Bank, California on December 21, 2012
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Cortes Bank, California on December 21, 2012
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii, on October 9, 2012
Matt Meola (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii on December 31, 2012
Makua Rothman (Sunset Beach, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 9, 2012

Biggest Wave:
Danilo Couto (Bahia, Brazil) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on January 27, 2013.
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Cortes Bank, California on December 21, 2012.
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii, on October 9, 2012.
Kealii Mamala (Haleiwa, Hawaii) at Nazaré, Portugal, on January 28, 2013.
Antonio Silva (Cascais, Portugal) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 28, 2013.

Tube Ride:
Peter Conroy (Miltown Malbray, Ireland) at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on January 21, 2013.
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Hawaii, on October 9, 2012.
Reef McIntosh (Kauai, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012.
Ramon Navarro (Pichilemu, Chile) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012.
Dave Wassel (Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA) at Cloudbreak, Fiji on June 8, 2012.