Lucas Chianca: he paddled into this Nazaré bomb | Photo: Estrelinha/WSL

The list of nominees for the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Awards has been officially released.

$350,000 in total prize money will be awarded across seven categories: XXL Biggest Wave, Ride of the Year, Biggest Paddle, Tube of the Year, Wipeout of the Year, Men's Best Overall Performance of the Year, and Women's Best Overall Performance of the Year.

The 18th Annual WSL Big Wave Awards competition window concluded on March 20, 2018, and spanned the previous 12 months of surf action.

Every wave ridden at every big wave surf break around the world in this period was eligible for consideration across the seven categories.

A panel of judges chose best rides in each of the categories based on photographic and video evidence.

The winners will be crowned at an invitation-only gala in Southern California on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

This year's nominees include a global population of big wave surfers representing countries like Germany, Australia, Brazil, the United States, and France.

With the Northern Hemisphere igniting massive swells this year, the majority of the nominated rides come from the infamous big wave breaks of Nazaré in Portugal and Pe'ahi (a.k.a. "Jaws") in Maui, Hawaii, USA.

The ten men receiving nominations for the Men's Best Overall Performance Award are still under review by the nomination panel and will be announced on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

The category is regarded as one of the most prestigious and important in the event as it selects an additional four surfers who will be seeded into every WSL Big Wave Tour competition for the coming year.

A panel of judges will review the nominated rides and select the winners, which will be revealed at the invitation-only Big Wave Awards on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

The nominees for 2018, in alphabetical order:

Ride Of The Year Award Nominees

Surfer prizes total $125,000 - Videographer prizes total $13,000

Ross Clarke-Jones (Avoca, New South Wales, Australia) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018
(Photos by Bruno Aleixo and Ricardo Bravo. Video by Humberto Santos.)

Ross Clarke-Jones (Avoca, New South Wales, Australia) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018
(Video by Pedro Miranda)

Ryan Hipwood (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017
(Video by WSL Video Team)

Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii, USA) at Nelscott Reef, Oregon on November 29, 2017
(Video by Ian Kennelly)

Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018
(Video by Javier Goya)

Ian Walsh (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017
(Video by Dan Norkunas)

Biggest Paddle Award Nominees

Surfer prize $30,000 - Photographer prize $5,000

Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 4, 2018
(Photos by Vitor Estrelinha and Rafael G. Riancho. Video by Cesinha Feliciano)

Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018
(Photos by Tony Heff, Aaron Lynton, and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Elliot Leboe)

Nathan Florence (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018
(Photos by Photos by Dooma Photos, Aaron Lynton, and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Aldo Tassara)

Aaron Gold (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 13, 2018
(Photos by Dooma Photos, Aaron Lynton, and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Bruno Lemos)

Aaron Gold (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018
(Photos by Erik Aeder, Brent Broza, Robin Ernst, Tony Heff and Aaron Lynton. Video by Tony Heff)

Biggest Wave Award Nominees

Surfer prize $25,000 - Photographer prize $5,000

Ross Clarke-Jones (Avoca, New South Wales, Australia) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018
(Photos by Bruno Aleixo and Ricardo Bravo. Video by Humberto Santos)

Rodrigo Koxa (Guarujá, SP, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017
(Photos by Raphael Alvim, Pedro Cruz, Rafael G. Riancho, Manuel Ricardo and Leandro Sieves. Video by Carlos Muriongo)

Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018
(Photos by Dooma Photos, Tony Heff, Aaron Lynton, Fred Pompermayer and Stu Soley. Video by Marcus Rodrigues)

Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, France) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018
(Photos by Bruno Aleixo, Helio Antonio, Andre Botelho, Antonio Bravo and Vitor Estrelinha. Video by Michael Darrigade)

Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018
(Photos by Helio Antonio, Andre Botelho, Rafael G. Riancho, Surfemotions and Gillen Usandizaga. Video by Nuno Dias)

Tube Of The Year Award Nominees

Surfer prize $10,000 - Still photography prize $5,000

Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018
(Photos by Dooma Photos, Aaron Lynton, Fred Pompermayer and Randy Sarrow)

Mick Corbett (Perth, W.A. Australia) at The Right, Western Australia on May 16, 2016
(Photo by Trent Slatter)

Tyler Hollmer-Cross (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on July 25, 2017
(Photo by Andrew Chisholm)

Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 27, 2017
(Photos by Richard Hallman, Tony Heff, and Keoki Saguibo)

Ian Walsh (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017
(Photos by Adam Carbajal, Richard Hallman, Paul Karaolides, Tracy Leboe and Sofie Louca)

Wipeout Of The Year Award Nominees

Surfer prize $5,000 - Videographer prize $2,000

Andrew Cotton (Braunton, Devon, United Kingdom) at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017
(Video by Pedro Miranda)

Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017
(Video by WSL Video Team)

Coco Nogales (Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico) at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on July 31, 2017
(Video by Yana Vaz)

Eli Olson (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 13, 2018
(Video by Bruno Lemos)

Owen Schultz (Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico) at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018
(Video by Remi Blanc)

Women's Best Performance Award Nominees

First prize $15,000, $32,500 total

Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
Bianca Valenti (Mill Valley, California, USA)

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