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Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Party Pics

Big wave bro Ian Walsh. Photo: Steindler

Big wave bro and perennial XXL contender Ian Walsh. Photo: Steindler

Jesse Merle Jones and Sean Moody know a thing or two about big waves and even bigger parties... Photo: Steindler

Jesse Merle Jones and Sean Moody know a thing or two about big waves and even bigger parties... Photo: Steindler

Shane Dorian en-route to accepting his well-deserved award for "Best Overall Performance" during the El Nino charged winter of 2009/2010. Photo: Mimi

Shane Dorian en-route to accepting his well-deserved award for "Best Overall Performance" during the El Nino charged winter of 2009/2010. Photo: Mimi

NorCal hellman Shawn Dollar can add some more $$ to his name after winning $15,000 for the Monster Paddle In Award. Photo: Mimi

NorCal hellman Shawn Dollar can add some more $$ to his name after winning $15,000 for the Monster Paddle In Award. Photo: Mimi

The lovely Maya Gabeira with her check for "Best Overall Performance" by a female, an ever growing category. Photo: Mimi

The lovely Maya Gabeira with her check for "Best Overall Performance" by a female, an ever growing category. Photo: Mimi

Paul Fisher gets serious with Mark Healey? Hardly... Photo: Mimi

Paul Fisher gets serious with Mark Healey? Hardly... Photo: Mimi

We may not be the best investigative journalists in the world, nor are we good at saying “no,” but if there’s one thing your bros at TransWorld SURF know how to do well its blow out parties like the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. It was a huge night! From the early rounds at the Long compound in San Clemente, to the show, to me getting slapped in the head by some jerk, a good time was had by all, except the poor sap who had to clean up the joint the next day…

2010 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Results

2,300 surf-stoked fans packed the Grove Theater in Anaheim to witness mind-blowing rides from Chile, South Africa, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, California and French Polynesia. In what proved to be one of the best years in big wave surfing history, over 1000 images and videos were submitted for judging. The awards are decided by a panel of 400 surfers, selected surf media and big wave aficionados.

Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany) finished first in the Billabong XXL Biggest Wave division for a giant tow-in ride at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on a monster wave that took everyone by surprise for its size and speed. It was the first time a German surfer had appeared on the XXL stage.

Skindog’s “intro” to the evening… definitely an “adults only” type of evening.

“It feels good; it’s what I live for,” said Steudtner. “I moved to Hawaii when I was 16; a Hawaiian family took me in and taught me how to surf. I am honored to win this thing.”

Shawn Dollar officially surfed into the record books for riding a paddle-in wave judged to be 55 feet on the face to win the Monster Paddle Award. The previous Guinness Book best was held by Californian Taylor Knox for a 52-foot wave ridden at Todos Santos, Mexico in 1998.

“It’s like winning a Gold Medal or winning the World Series,” said Dollar. “It’s been the most important thing in my life for many years and I’ve accomplished it – phenomenal!”

The 2010 Billabong XXL Awards were webcast in over a dozen countries with a worldwide audience that broke records for a surfing awards event. The awards ceremony was webcast live on BillabongXXL.com and simulcast on EXPN.com. The event will be broadcast on the ESPN networks starting May 18.

In all, over $130,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to the world’s greatest big wave surfers in this edition of the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy. Verizon Wireless is the official communications provider and Honda is the official watercraft of the event. Surfline.com is the exclusive surf forecast of the XXL. The event is sponsored by Surfing Magazine, Air Tahiti Nui and High Surf Accessories.

FINAL RESULTS:

BILLABONG XXL RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD
1st: Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010. (Video by Noel Robinson)
(Surfer prize $50,000 – Video prize $5,000)
2nd: Ramon Navarro (Pichilemu, Chile) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 8, 2009.
(Surfer prize $5,000)
3rd: Shane Dorian (Kona, Kauai, Hawaii) Maverick’s, California on February 13, 2010.
(Surfer prize $1,500)
4th: Raimana Van Bastolaer (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17, 2010.
(Surfer prize $1,500)
5th: Mark Healey/Shane Dorian (Sunset Beach & Kona, Hawaii, USA) at Waimea Bay, Hawaii on December 7, 2009.
(Surfer prize $1,500)

WINNER BILLABONG XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD
Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremburg, Germany) at Jaws, Maui on December 7th, 2009. (Photo by Batel Shimi)
(Surfer prize $15,000 and a Honda Aquatrax watercraft with HSA sled – Photo/video prize $4,000)

WINNER MONSTER PADDLE AWARD
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA) at Mavericks, California on February 13th, 2010 (Photo by Fred Pompermayer)
(Surfer prize $15,000 – Photo/video prize $4,000)

WINNER MONSTER TUBE PHOTO AWARD
Raimana Van Bastolaer (Tahiti, French Polynesia) at Teahupoo, Tahiti on March 17th, 2010. (Photo by Ben Thouard)
(Surfer prize $5,000 – Photography prize $2,000)

WINNER BEST MALE OVERALL PERFORMANCE AWARD
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii)
(Surfer prize $5,000)

WINNER BILLABONG GIRLS BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
(Surfer prize $5,000)

WINNER VERIZON WIRELESS WIPEOUT AWARD
Brook Phillips Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania, Australia on October 19th, 2009.

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