Mark Mathews wins "Biggest Wave" at 2011 ASL Oakley Big Wave Awards

February 17, 2011 | Surfing
Mark Mathews: from NY to hell | Photo: Calum Macauley

Mark Mathews has conquered the Australia's Surfing Life Oakley Big Wave Awards. The big wave rider has picked up his second "Biggest Wave" in the three years. The announcement was made at the Bondi Pavilion, in Australia.

While running business seminars in New York City, Mathews received a big wave alert from Western Australia: in 48 hours, a storm swell would mean huge walls of water. So, he decided to kick off a 48-hour travel to the other side of the world.

It was worth it. A second $20,000 check and another glorious wave for his endless surfing career. The winner of the "Biggest Wave" at Australia's Surfing Life Oakley Big Wave Awards surfed "The Right" with a freshly torn knee ligament.

The "Biggest Paddle-in Ride" was conquered by Dean Bowen, while the "Biggest Slab" award went to Cale Grigson, from Denmark. "Biggest Paddle-in Ride" was taken by 20-year-old surfer Dean Bowen.

A "Special Recognition" awards went to Jon Dwyer, Bill Morris and Russell Ord. They were responsible for saving lives. Ord pulled Jacob Trette at Mavericks. Dwyer and Morris saved lifeguard surfer Kobi Grahamm, off Cape Solander, in southern Sydney.

Finally, the "Photographic Shooter" award went to Calum Macauley, who shot Mathews and Grigson’s winning rides. Macauley also shared the "Slab Photo" award with Kerby Brown, while film maker Tim Bonython took the honours for recording Dean Bowen’s win.