Kings of Big Wave Crowned at 8th Annual Billabong XXL Awards

Shane Dorian. Photo: Time Jones, Billabong XXL.Held in Anaheim, Calif., this year’s 8th annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards recognized Hawaiian surfer Shane Dorian with “Ride of the Year” and California native Mike Parsons with the “Surf’s Biggest Wave in History,” measuring more than 70 ft.

The event, which drew about 2,000 surf fans, was held at the Grove Theater and is known as the Oscars of big wave surfing. This year, documentary footage of riders taking on the biggest and heaviest waves in Chile, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, California and French Polynesia were shown as part of the award ceremony.

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