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Huntington Beach Welcomes Elite Big Wave Surfers for 2017 Big Wave Awards Gala

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 April, 2017 – The 2017 World Surf League Big Wave Awards will celebrate the performances of this past season and honor icons of the big wave community in Huntington Beach, California on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

The Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach will host the 17th annual awards gala, where $350,000 in prize money and a TAG Heuer watch will be awarded to winners across seven categories. Photographs and videos of all the nominated rides can be viewed at

The WSL Big Wave Awards competition window concluded on March 21, 2017 and spanned the previous 12 months of surfing action. Every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world in this period was eligible for consideration across the seven award categories: Billabong Ride of the Year, Biggest Paddle, TAG Heuer XXL Biggest Wave, Surfline Men’s Best Overall Performance, Women’s Best Overall Performance, Tube of the Year and the TAG Heuer Wipeout of the Year. A panel of judges chose the best rides in each of the categories based on photographic and video evidence.

This year’s nominated rides come from every corner of the world, including California, Tasmania, Portugal, Hawaii, Mexico and Fiji. Shortlisted surfers range from established veterans such as the newly crowned Big Wave Tour Champions Grant Baker (ZAF) and Paige Alms (HAW) to younger rising stars like Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca (BRA), Trevor Sven Carlson (HAW) and Kai Lenny (HAW).

The winners will be crowned at a gala invitation-only awards show at the Pasea Hotel tomorrow evening. Viewers around the world are invited to watch the live webcast on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. PST / 11:00 p.m. EST at and live on the WSL’s Facebook page. The show will also be televised on CBS Sports Network on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST and 8:30 p.m. PST / 11:30 p.m. EST.

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