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Rodrigo Koxa creates new world record big wave

The world’s best big wave surfers gathered in Santa Monica tonight for the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Awards.

The show at the Red Bull Headquarters awarded the best rides of the past year, including a new world record from Brazil’s Rodrigo Koxa.
Rodrigo Koxa is now the official World Record holder for the biggest wave ever surfed in history after being awarded the Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave award tonight. The judging panel for the Big Wave Awards concluded that the record-breaking wave surfed by Koxa at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017 was 80 feet (24.38 meters) overtaking Garrett McNamara’s record, whose wave was marked at 78 feet (23.77 meters) in 2011.
The Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave Award goes to the surfer who, by any means available, catches the biggest wave of the year. Not only did Koxa win this year’s honor, but he now holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave surfed.

The Ride of the Year showcases the most remarkable big-wave imagery of surfers racing down giant waves, and Ian Walsh’s incredible barrel ride at the 2018 Pe’ahi Challenge earned him this year’s award. Walsh also earned the Tube of the Year Award for the same wave.
Paige Alms earned the Hydro Flask Women’s Best Performance of the Year Award for the third time in her career. In addition to celebrating the back-to-back win, Alms was also honored for defending her Big Wave Tour Crown after winning the Pe’ahi Challenge again this season. The first women’s WSL Big Wave competition was held in 2017, and Alms has dominated the big wave surfing scene since. Next season, Alms will battle to defend her Big Wave Title for an unprecedented third-straight win as the tour sees competitions at Pe’ahi in Hawaii and Mavericks in California.
Up-and-comer Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca earned the Men’s Best Overall Performance Award after showcasing incredible surfing this season, including his win at the Nazaré Challenge earlier this year. The 22-year-old will undoubtedly be one to watch in the upcoming season as he joins the Big Wave Tour full-time.

2016 Paddle Award winner Aaron Gold dominated the Paddle category again this year for his wave at Pe’ahi on January 14, 2018. Gold still holds the record for the biggest paddle-in wave ever surfed at 62.99 feet (19.2 meters) from 2016. This year’s award winning wave was measured at 55 feet (16.76 meters).
Andrew Cotton, the standout big wave surfer representing the United Kingdom, took home one of the night’s most anticipated awards, the Wipeout of the Year Award. Unfortunately, Cotton’s gut-wrenching fall at Nazaré led to a broken vertebrae and sidelined the big wave charger for six months. Cotton has been recovering since the accident, and is working to return to the water to earn the Ride of the Year and Biggest Wave awards for next season.

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2018 WSL Big Wave Award Winners

TUBE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
Ian Walsh (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017.

WIPEOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
Andrew Cotton (Braunton, Devon, United Kingdom) at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017.

BIGGEST PADDLE AWARD WINNER
Aaron Gold (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018.

QUIKSILVER XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD WINNER
Rodrigo Koxa (Guarujá, SP, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017.

RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER
Ian Walsh (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017.

HYDRO FLASK WOMEN’S BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNERS
1 – Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
2 – Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
3 – Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
4 – Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
5 – Bianca Valenti (Mill Valley, California, USA)

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