WSL announces 2020 Big Wave Awards nominees

July 20, 2020 | Surfing
Kai Lenny: taking on a right-hand beast at Nazaré | Photo: Antonio/WSL

The nominees for the 2020 Big Wave Awards (BWA) have been announced.

The Big Wave Awards celebrate its 20th anniversary with a four-division competition: Ride of the Year, XXL Biggest Wave, Paddle Award, and Overall Performer of the Year.

Fans will vote the Wipeout of the Year winner.

It is now the official World Surf League (WSL) brand for validating big wave surfing's Guinness World Records.

According to the organization, this year's edition has two potential world record contenders: Maya Gabeira and Justine Dupont.

Both surfers have been shortlisted in the XXL Women's Biggest Wave category.

"It's been an incredible season for women's surfing. They've been pushing the limits. Both Maya and Dupont have told me that there could well be a new Guinness World Record coming out of Nazaré," revealed Bill Sharp, event director at the Big Wave Awards.

On August 17, 2020, WSL will announce whether the current world record for the largest wave ever ridden by a woman has been broken or not.

The nominees for 2020 Big Wave Awards are:

Ride of the Year

Men
Russell Bierke (Ulladulla, NSW, Australia) | Jaws, Maui, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)| Jaws, Maui, Hawaii | January 23, 2020
Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii) | Jaws, Maui, Hawaii | January 25, 2020
Tom Lowe (Cornwall, United Kingdom) | Mullaghmore Head, Ireland | January 14, 2020
Eli Olson (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) | Jaws, Maui, Hawaii | December 12, 2019

Women
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) | Jaws, Maui, Hawaii | November 15, 2019
Justine Dupont (Segnoisse, France) | Nazaré, Portugal | February 11, 2019
Michaela Fregonese (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) | Jaws, Maui, Hawaii | December 31, 2019

XXL Biggest Wave

Men
Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) | Nazaré, Portugal | February 17, 2020
Kai Lenny (Maui Hawaii) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 31, 2019
Kai Lenny (Maui Hawaii) | Nazaré, Portugal | February 11, 2020
Kai Lenny (Maui Hawaii) | Nazaré, Portugal | February 11, 2020
Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany) | Nazaré, Portugal | February 11, 2020

Women
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France) | Nazaré, Portugal | November 13, 2019
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France) | Nazaré, Portugal | February 11, 2020
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) | Nazaré, Portugal | February 11, 2020

Paddle Award

Men
Russell Bierke (Ulladulla, Australia) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Nathan Florence (Haleiwa, Hawaii) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Eli Olson (Haleiwa, Hawaii) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Ian Walsh (Kuau, Hawaii) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019

Women
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii) | Jaws, Hawaii | November 15, 2019
Felicity Palmateer (Burleigh Heads, Qld., Australia) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019

Overall Performer

Men
Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa)
Russell Bierke (New South Wales, Australia)
Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Nathan Florence (Hawaii, USA)
Billy Kemper (Hawaii, USA)
Kai Lenny (Hawaii, USA)
Tom Lowe (Cornwall, United Kingdom)
Eli Olson (Hawaii, USA)
Nic Von Rupp (Sintra, Portugal)
Ian Walsh (Hawaii, USA)

Women
Paige Alms (Hawaii, USA)
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
Michaela Fregonese (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Felicity Palmateer (Queensland, Australia)

Wipeout of the Year

Felipe Cesarano (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) | Nazaré, Portugal | January 14, 2020
Keala Kennelly (Honolulu, Hawaii) | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Torrey Meister | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Francisco Porcella | Jaws, Hawaii | December 12, 2019
Jerome Sahyoun (Casablanca, Morocco) | Mullaghmore Head, Ireland | January 14, 2020

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