Greg Long: go big or go home| Photo: Kirstin/WSL

Greg Long is the 2016/2016 Big Wave Tour (BWT) champion. The surfer from California only competed in two of the three events of the season.

A runner-up at the Todos Santos Challenge, in Mexico, and a third place in the Peahi Challenge, in Maui, were enough for Greg Long to claim his second Big Wave Tour title.

"The 2015/2016 winter season has been one for the record books. There's been record-breaking waves, more big swells, bigger barrels - basically every single level of performance in big wave surfing has just been shattered this year," said Long.

"For me, it is always an honor to be a part of that. This year was really rewarding, and I'm happy with my performances in the competitions, and in my life. It is a tremendous feeling being crowned the 2015/2016 WSL Big Wave World Tour champion."

Greg Long was born in 1984, in San Clemente. He started winning events at Dungeons (2003), South Africa, but he rapidly established himself as a highly competitive big wave surfer with victories at Mavericks (2008) and in the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau (2009).

"It is the experience on the whole journey to these competitions; these free surfs and everything in between that really fill me up and make me just everyday acknowledge how lucky and special this life is," added Long.

2015/2016 Big Wave Tour | Top 5

1. Greg Long (USA) 21,266 pts
2. Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 16,994 pts
3. Billy Kemper (HAW) 16,714 pts
4. Nic Lamb (USA) 16,594 pts
5. Josh Kerr (AUS) 13,589 pts