Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

A couple of Santa Cruz surfers — large wave legend and pioneer Peter Mel, and subsequent technology Wilem Banks — had been nominated for 2020-21 Crimson Bull Giant Wave Awards.

Winners will likely be introduced on the Crimson Bull Giant Wave Awards Display on Oct. 29.

The competition options $350,000 in prize cash that will likely be awarded throughout 4 classes for males’s and ladies’s divisions: Trip of the 12 months, Largest Paddle, Largest Tow, and Performer of the 12 months. Profitable photographers and videographers will even earn prize cash.

Mel is nominated 4 instances, in 3 classes. He’s nominated in Trip of the 12 months at Mavericks on Jan. 8, 2021, two times for Largest Paddle (Dec. 8, 2020 and Jan. 8), each at Mavericks, and Performer of the 12 months.

One of Mel’s epic rides was featured in the Sentinel. His Jan. 8 journey, during which he used to be barreled, has gained 876,886 perspectives on YouTube.

It’s beautiful superb to get the wave of your existence at 51 years previous.” Mel informed the Sentinel.

Banks, a prior Giant Wave Awards Wipeout of the 12 months winner, is nominated two times. He’s entered in Trip of the 12 months, at Mavericks on Dec. 8, 2020, and Largest Paddle, at Mavericks on Jan. 10.

2020-21 Crimson Bull Giant Wave Award nominees

Trip of the 12 months

Male
Conor Maguire at Mullaghmore Head, Eire,  Oct. 28, 2020.
Grant Baker at Mavericks, Dec.11, 2020.
Kai Lenny at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Kai Lenny at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Kai Lenny at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Kai Lenny at Jaws, Hawaii, Jan. 16, 2021.
Peter Mel at Mavericks, Jan. 8, 2021.
Billy Kemper at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Eli Olson at Jaws, Hawaii, Jan. 16, 2021.
Vinicius dos Santos at Nazaré, Portugal, Feb. 22, 2021.
Kalani Chapman at Outer Reef Log Cabins, Hawaii, Jan. 16, 2021.
Wilem Banks at Mavericks, Dec. 8, 2020.

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

Largest Paddle

Male
Kai Lenny at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Kai Lenny at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Kai Lenny at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Kai Lenny at Mavericks, Dec. 8, 2020.
Peter Mel at Mavericks, Dec. 8, 2020.
Peter Mel at Mavericks, Jan. 8, 2021.
Grant Baker at Mavericks, Dec. 11, 2020.
Billy Kemper at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Nathan Florence at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Vinicius dos Santos at Nazaré, Portugal, Feb. 22, 2021.
Ian Walsh at Jaws, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Wilem Banks at Mavericks, Jan. 10, 2021.

Feminine
Bianca Valenti at Mavericks, Jan. 12, 2021.
Justine Dupont at Jaws, Hawaii, Jan. 17, 2021.
Keala Kennelly at Himalayas, Hawaii, Dec. 2, 2020.
Justine Dupont at Mavericks, Dec. 8, 2020.
Paige Alms at Todos Santos, Mexico, Jan. 11, 2021.
Raquel Heckert at Jaws, Hawaii, Jan. 17, 2021.

Largest Tow

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

Feminine
Maya Gabeira at Nazaré, Portugal, Oct. 29, 2020.
Maya Gabeira at Nazaré, Portugal, Feb. 5, 2021.
Justine Dupont at Mavericks,, Jan. 1, 2021.
Justine Dupont at Jaws, Hawaii, Jan. 16, 2021.
Justine Dupont at Nazaré, Portugal, Oct. 29, 2020.
Michelle des Bouillons at Nazaré, Portugal, Feb. 22, 2021.

Performer of the 12 months

Male
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

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