Watch these Enourmous ‘Waves of the Year’ in Oakley’s Big Wave Awards

The Southern Hemisphere’s wildest surf competition, the Oakley Big Wave Awards, has recently announced this year’s finalists in three of the categories – Biggest Paddle-In, Biggest Slab, and Biggest Wave. Each category features unique, incredibly exciting skills, and with a $30,000 prize pool on offer, this year’s finalists have pushed the boundaries, taking on unbelievable, death-defying rides in their pursuit of big wave perfection.

Over 100 entries came in and were considered, which is the most entered in Oakley Big Wave Awards history. Out of those 100 excellent options, a mere 10 were selected to make it through to the final round. Now comes the hard part, where they be placed before an international panel big wave surf experts and champions for their judgement. If the pressure of riding huge waves is a lot, the pressure of winning the competition may be ever greater. The decision will be made on March 2 so be sure to follow along closer to that date.

Check it out

 

Biggest Wave

Justin Holland – Cow Bombie

Video: Nimai Strickland
Images: Jamie Scott

 

Mick Corbett – Cow Bombie

Video: Chris Bryan
Images: Jamie Scott

 

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Mick Corbett – Cow Bombie

Images: Jamie Scott

 

Biggest Paddle

Heath Joske – Southern Australia

Video: Andrew Brooks

 

Camel – Southern Australia

Video: Andrew Brooks

 

Zac Haynes – Cow Bombie

Video: Tim Bonython / BWP
Images: Jamie Scott

 

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Jamie Mitchell – Cow Bombie

Images: Jamie Scott

 

Biggest Slab

Chris Ross – The Right

Images: Calum Macaulay
Video: Tim Bonython / BWP

 

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Mark Mathews – The Right

Images: Calum Macaulay, Russell Ord, Jack Sherriffs

 

Mick Corbett – The Right

Video: Tim Bonython / BWP

Video: Jay Hardaker
Images: Chris Gurney