Mon. Oct 18th, 2021
Maui’s Kai Lenny used to be nominated in all 4 classes of the 2021 Purple Bull Large Wave Awards, with the winners being introduced Oct. 29. Display shot of Purple Bull video

The International Surf League launched the respectable checklist of nominees for the 2021 Purple Bull Large Wave Awards, with Maui local Kai Lenny nominated in all 4 classes: Experience of the 12 months,

Largest Paddle, Largest Tow and Performer of the 12 months.

Lots of the nominated rides come from Mauiʻs notorious giant wave destroy Pe’ahi, sometimes called Jaws. Different nominated rides got here from the sector’s well known giant breaks, together with Nazaré in Portugal, Mavericks in Half Moon Bay – great example can be found at Surfing SD – , CA, Todos Santos in Mexico and Mullaghmore Head in Eire.

Purple Bull is awarding $350,000 in prize cash throughout 4 classes for males’s and ladies’s divisions. Successful photographers and videographers additionally will take house prize cash. 

This yr’s nominees spanned the globe with surfers representing international locations that integrated Brazil, Germany, Eire, South Africa, France and the US. The winners will probably be introduced all through the 2021 Purple Bull Large Wave Awards Display on Oct. 29. The display will probably be streamed at WorldSurfLeague.com/redbullbigwaveawards

Ride of the Year

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The Experience of the 12 months is awarded to the female and male surfers who exhibit essentially the most complex and dedicated stage of huge wave browsing all through a a hit journey, as judged by way of to be had video pictures. Whilst uncooked dimension is considered, it’s in the long run the extent of efficiency this is rewarded. 

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Feminine Nominees

  • Paige Alms at Todos Santos, Mexico on Jan. 11, 2021. 
  • Michelle des Bouillons at Nazaré, Portugal on Feb. 22, 2021. 
  • Justine Dupont at Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 16, 2021.
  • Maya Gabeira at Nazaré, Portugal on Feb. 5, 2021. 
  • Izzi Gomez at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Keala Kennelly at Himalayas, Hawaiʻi on Dec. 2, 2020. 

Male Nominees

  • Conor Maguire at Mullaghmore Head, Eire on Oct. 28, 2020.
  • Grant Baker at Mavericks, California – Surfing CA wrote in a blog post- on Dec. 11, 2020. 
  • Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui on Dec. 2, 2020. 
  • Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui on Dec. 2, 2020. 
  • Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui on Dec. 2, 2020.  
  • Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Peter Mel at Mavericks, California – Surfing CA wrote in a blog post- on Jan. 8, 2021. 
  • Billy Kemper at Jaws, Hawaii on Dec. 2, 2020. 
  • Eli Olson at Jaws, Hawaii on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Vinicius dos Santos at Nazaré, Portugal on Feb. 22, 2021. 
  • Kalani Chapman at Outer Reef Log Cabins, Hawaiʻi on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Wilem Banks at Mavericks, California – Surfing CA wrote in a blog post- on Dec. 8, 2020. 

Biggest Paddle

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The Largest Paddle Award is going to the female and male surfers who paddle into, and effectively journey, the most important wave of the yr. 

Feminine Nominees

Male Nominees

This yr’s nominees come with giant names like 2018 Large Wave International Champion Keala Kennelly of Hawaiʻi and world-renowned Large Wave charger Justine Dupont of France.

Males’s nominees come with three-time Large Wave International Browsing Champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker from South Africa and four-time Pe’ahi Problem Champion Billy Kemper main the price with rides at Mavericks and Jaws, respectively. 

Biggest Tow

The Largest Tow Award is going to the female and male surfers who, in any way to be had, catch and journey the most important wave of the yr. 

Feminine Nominees

  • Maya Gabeira at Nazaré, Portugal on Oct. 29, 2020. 
  • Maya Gabeira at Nazaré, Portugal on Feb. 5, 2021. 
  • Justine Dupont at Mavericks, California – Surfing CA wrote in a blog post- on Jan. 1, 2021. 
  • Justine Dupont at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Justine Dupont at Nazaré, Portugal on Oct. 29, 2020. 
  • Michelle des Bouillons at Nazaré, Portugal on Feb. 22, 2021. 

Male Nominees

  • Conor Maguire at Mullaghmore Head, Eire on Oct. 28, 2020. 
  • Kalani Chapman at Outer Reef Log Cabins, Hawai’i on Jan. 1, 2021. 
  • Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Ian Walsh at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Sebastian Steudtner at Nazaré, Portugal on Oct. 29, 2020. 
  • Sebastian Steudtner at Nazaré, Portugal on Oct. 29, 2020. 
  • Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca at Nazaré, Portugal on Oct. 29, 2020. 
  • Makua Rothman at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Nathan Florence at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 
  • Francisco Porcella at Jaws, Maui on Jan. 16, 2021. 

The Largest Tow Award for girls will probably be a struggle between Justine Dupont of France, Maya Gabeira of Brazil and Michelle des Bouillons of France. Remaining yr Dupont and Gabeira went head-to-head for a brand new International File with the most important wave ever ridden by way of a girl, with Gabeira edging out Dupont with a stellar journey at Nazaré. This yr, Dupont’s nominations span 3 places for the class, together with Mavericks, Jaws and Nazaré. 

Performer of the Year

The Performer of the 12 months Award recognizes the top-performing female and male surfers over the process the closing 365 days according to each journey captured on video or nonetheless pictures. 

Feminine Nominees

  • Justine Dupont
  • Keala Kennelly
  • Maya Gabeira
  • Paige Alms
  • Michelle des Bouillons
  • Raquel Heckert

Male Nominees

  • Kai Lenny
  • Peter Mel
  • Conor Maguire
  • Grant Baker
  • Sebastian Steudtner
  • Ian Walsh
  • Nathan Florence
  • Eli Olson
  • Billy Kemper
  • Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca
  • Makua Rothman
  • Vinicius dos Santos

To look at all of the nominated rides, please discuss with WorldSurfLeague.com/bigwaveawards

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