Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Party Pics

The chartered double-decker party bus took us from the Long bros house in San Clemente to Anaheim in style (except you had to pee out the window) Photo: Steindler
The chartered double-decker party bus took us from the Long bros house in San Clemente to Anaheim in style (except you had to pee out the window) Photo: Steindler
Mavericks contest winner Chris Bertish (left) with Santa Cruz madman Ken "Skindog" Collins at the Long residence in San Clemente for some XXL pre-partying. Photo: Justin
Mavericks contest winner Chris Bertish (left) with Santa Cruz madman Ken "Skindog" Collins at the Long residence in San Clemente for some XXL pre-partying. Photo: Justin
What began as a sausage fest took a turn for the better when these well-dressed ladies arrived to the Long residence. Photo: Justin
What began as a sausage fest took a turn for the better when these well-dressed ladies arrived to the Long residence. Photo: Justin
Tequila shots in the midday sun? Why not? The XXL's only happen once a year! Bruce Beach, Jason Arnold, and Skindog agree. Photo: Justin
Tequila shots in the midday sun? Why not? The XXL's only happen once a year! Bruce Beach, Jason Arnold, and Skindog agree. Photo: Justin
Rusty Long shares a laugh with his buddy Grey Lockwood on the party bus Rusty chartered for the night. Photo: Justin
Rusty Long shares a laugh with his buddy Grey Lockwood on the party bus Rusty chartered for the night. Photo: Justin
The bus ride up to Anaheim was a rolling rager with Gary Linden, Mavericks contest winner Chris Bertish, Skindog, and more revelers making a grand (if not inebriated) entrance. Photo: Justin
The bus ride up to Anaheim was a rolling rager with Gary Linden, Mavericks contest winner Chris Bertish, Skindog, and more revelers making a grand (if not inebriated) entrance. Photo: Justin
Sion Milosky (Kauai) and Kohl Christensen (Oahu) on da mainland for the big night honoring guys like them. Photo: Justin
Sion Milosky (Kauai) and Kohl Christensen (Oahu) on da mainland for the big night honoring guys like them. Photo: Justin
San Diego rippers Gary Clisby and Joe Roper. Photo: Justin
San Diego rippers Gary Clisby and Joe Roper. Photo: Justin
The mural outside of the Grove Theater was just about the same size as some of the waves ridden this year. Photo: Mimi
The mural outside of the Grove Theater was just about the same size as some of the waves ridden this year. Photo: Mimi
Chicks dig big wave riders... Photo: Mimi
Chicks dig big wave riders... Photo: Mimi

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Tequila shots with Ramon Navarro in the Quiksilver RV on the way to the show made for an interesting to kick off the night for that crew. Photo: Steindler
Tequila shots with Ramon Navarro in the Quiksilver RV on the way to the show made for an interesting to kick off the night for that crew. Photo: Steindler
Last year's big XXL winner Derek Dunfee and Darryl "Flea" Virostko. Photo: Mimi
Last year's big XXL winner Derek Dunfee and Darryl "Flea" Virostko. Photo: Mimi
The star of the show, Mr. Shane Dorian, moments before giving me shit for being too buzzed. Photo: Mimi
The star of the show, Mr. Shane Dorian, moments before giving me shit for being too buzzed. Photo: Mimi
Not afraid of a party: Christian Fletcher and amigo. Photo: Mimi
Not afraid of a party: Christian Fletcher and amigo. After telling the XXL tow in winner Sebastian Steudtner to "learn how to paddle," we're assuming he won't be asked to present an award ever again. Christian Photo: Mimi
Fun in the photo booth with Pat O'Connell and friends. Photo: Mimi
Fun in the photo booth with Pat O'Connell and friends. Photo: Mimi
Keala Kennelly (who knows a thing or two about big waves) chats up former XXL winner Greg Long. Photo: Mimi
Keala Kennelly (who knows a thing or two about big waves) chats up former XXL winner Greg Long. Photo: Mimi
Event emcee Mark "Occy" Occhilupo with the legendary Doc Paskowitz. Photo: Mimi
Event emcee Mark "Occy" Occhilupo with the legendary Doc Paskowitz. Photo: Mimi
This poor girl had her work cut out for her... big wave bros love to party! Photo: Mimi
This poor girl had her work cut out for her... big wave bros love to party! Photo: Mimi
Peter "PT" Townend with his lady friend. Photo: Mimi
Peter "PT" Townend with his lady friend. Nice pimp 'stache PT! Photo: Mimi
"Tickets please!" Photo: Mimi
"Tickets please!" Photo: Mimi

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Bigger isn't always better...
Bigger isn't always better...
Unheralded German surfer Sebastian Steudtner with his check for the biggest tow-in of the year. Yep, the same guy that Christian Fletcher said, "Learn to paddle," after butchering his name while on stage with thousands watching. Photo: Mimi
Unheralded German surfer Sebastian Steudtner with his check for the biggest tow-in of the year. Yep, the same guy that Christian Fletcher said, "Learn to paddle," after butchering his name while on stage with thousands watching. Nice... Photo: Mimi
Grant "Twiggy" Baker with his massive check for riding an equally massive wave. Congrats Twiggy, if there was anyone who deserves this honor (and cash!) it's you! Photo: Steindler
Grant "Twiggy" Baker with his massive check for riding an equally massive wave. Congrats Twiggy, if there was anyone who deserves this honor (and cash!) it's you—truly a class act. Photo: Steindler
Twiggy and Chilean charger Ramon Navarro on stage at the XXL Awards. These are two of the coolest dudes you could ever meet. Photo: Steindler
Twiggy and Chilean charger Ramon Navarro on stage at the XXL Awards. These are two of the coolest dudes you could ever meet. Photo: Steindler
Shane Dorian with his award for the "Best Overall Performance". Photo: Steindler
Shane Dorian with his award for the "Best Overall Performance". Photo: Steindler
Pro skaters Danny Way and Jake Brown fittingly introduce the wipeout award, a subject these two know a lot about. Photo: Steindler
Pro skaters Danny Way and Jake Brown fittingly introduce the wipeout award, a subject these two know a lot about. Photo: Steindler
It's kind of weird to celebrate a wipeout, but that didn't stop Australia's Brook Phillips from doing so. Photo: Steindler
It's kind of weird to celebrate a wipeout, but that didn't stop Australia's Brook Phillips from doing so. Photo: Steindler
Quiksilver's Chad Wells makes a call to Raimana Van Bastolaer in Tahiti to tell him he won the "Monster Tube Award" from a recent sesion at Teahupo'o. Photo: Steindler
Quiksilver's Chad Wells makes a call to Raimana Van Bastolaer in Tahiti to tell him he won the "Monster Tube Award" from a recent sesion at Teahupo'o. Photo: Steindler
Paul Fisher razzes Machado and Merle in yet another "Follow The Fish" episode. Photo: Steindler
Paul Fisher razzes Machado and Merle in yet another "Follow The Fish" episode. Photo: Steindler
The bar at the Grove in Anaheim was packed to the gills pretty much all night and at least one certain TWS employee drank waaaay too much (who could that have been?). Photo: Steindler
The bar at the Grove in Anaheim was packed to the gills pretty much all night and at least one certain TWS employee drank waaaay too much (who could that have been?). Photo: Steindler

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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.