The 2014 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards have officially narrowed down the list of submissions for the “Biggest Wave Award” to just five nominees. Carlos Burle (BRA), Francisco Porcella (Italy), Ian Walsh (HAW), Andrew Cotton (UK), and Gautier Garanx (FRA) are all in contention to win $10,000 in prize money for their frightening rides this past year. Due to some of the heaviest storms in years terrorizing coastal communities around the world, these big wave athletes were able to score giant rides at Belharra Reef in France, Jaws in Maui, and Nazaré in Portugal.
The Billabong XXL judging panel will be agonizing over the final decision for the next few weeks and will announce the winner at the prestigious awards ceremony on May 2nd held at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
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