Ryan Hipwood: wipeout lover

As the countdown continues to the April 23rd climax of the Tenth Annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, additional nominees have been announced in the wipeout and best all-around performance categories.

Always a crowd favorite, the 2010 Verizon Wireless Wipeout of the Year contenders are a terrifying product of the awesome hydraulic power to be found offshore of Hawaii, California and the Australian island state of Tasmania. South Africa’s Grant Baker (despite being nominated in most other categories) proved that no surfer is perfect, earning a wipeout nod for a high-speed face-plant at Maui’s notorious Jaws break -- followed by a 50-foot journey over the falls, his body encased in the lip of the heaving wave.

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Costa Rica PLA Pro: longboarders usually walk together

Cole Robbins (Santa Barbara, CA), 19, and Jen Smith (San Diego, CA), 24, won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 3-Star Costa Rica PLA Pro in clean two-to-four-foot (1 metre) surf at Costa Rica's impressive lefthand pointbreak of Boca Barranca.

The Costa Rica PLA Pro marks the second stop on the ASP North America Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) and offers valuable ratings points towards qualification for the ASP World Longboard Tour.

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Kai Sallas: photo opportunity

The top seeds of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 3-Star Costa Rica PLA Pro unleashed massive scores at Costa Rica's flawless lefthand pointbreak of Boca Barranca to decide the men's and women's Semifinalists in two-to-four foot (1 metre) surf.

Surfers competing on the ASP LQS compete in each of their respective regions in an attempt to earn the valuable ratings points on offer to eventually qualify for the ASP World Longboard Tour.

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