Jaws: one surfer is in serious trouble

Jaws, Mavericks, Todos Santos, Mullaghmore Head, Prowlers, Teahupoo, Belharra, Waimea, Cortes Bank and Puerto Escondido. What do these big wave surf spots have in common?

The answer is simple and thrilling. These waves have been surfed recently and will be featured and voted in the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards 2011. There are absolutely incredible examples of the greatness of big wave surfing and its riders.

The judges are about to decide the "Ride of the Year", the "Biggest Wave", the "Monster Paddle", the "Monster Tube" and the "Wipeout of the Year". Surfers, photographers, surf magazine editors and writers will unveil the grand winner at the awards ceremony, to be held on April 29, at the Grove Theater, in Anaheim, California.

Some of the best waves captured by the eyes of photographer and videographer are already pumping fans' adrenaline. Check out the most amazing rides and a few of the 2011 event highlights, here.

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Spirare Surfboards: a fin made of a bottle

A surfboard made of beach trash. This unbelievable business idea is "owned" by Kevin Cunningham, surfer and founder of Spirare Surfboards, an environmentally-friendly surf company.

"Spirare Sustainable Surf Craft" is the project that transforms debris into objects of design. That is, a beautiful surfboard. But how did he do it? Kevin Cunningham recycles plastic and glass and reuses it in the skin of the surfboard. Also, plastic bottles are cut up and reassembled into fins.

The first limited series of recycled surfboards will be featured in galleries around USA and then 100 will be sold as custom orders.

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Kelly Slater: tired of winning

Kelly Slater has conquered the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, at Snapper Rocks, Australia. The Floridian champion won his 46th elite Dream Tour event title, after beating Taj Burrow by a narrow margin.

The iconic surfer is on fire. In the final day, Slater was better than Dusty Payne and Tiago Pires, before reaching the last heat. Competing against the local hero, the 10-time world surfing champion secured 11.20 points to seal the victory.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” Slater said. “It’s pretty easy. You go out and surf Snapper by yourself, it's pretty fun. To get to surf a contest is a bonus. I’d like to thank my girlfriend and everyone at Quiksilver for throwing the event. Everyone loves this event because the waves are so fun. I don’t think I’m the only one that thought Taj was the standout of the event. At some point had to stop getting 9s and I just picked the right heat.”

Watch the final highlights of the 2011 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Burrow, who was arguably the form surfer throughout the entirety of the event, went on an absolute rampage on the final day of competition to oust American Brett Simpson (USA), 26, in the Quarterfinals and dangerous South African Jordy Smith (ZAF), 23, in the Semifinals, but fell just short of the score needed to surpass Slater for the victory in the back-half of their duel, finishing runner-up overall.

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