According to the rules of the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, the Surfline Men’s Best Performance Award division will be won by the “surfer who puts on the greatest number of outstanding performances at the most diverse number of venues over the course of the entire year.” There’s no doubt that the five finalists selected this year have been at the top of their game when it comes to chasing down some of the biggest waves in the world.
Generally regarded as the international benchmark for year-round excellence, the nominees for the Surfline Best Overall Performance Award are South African Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Hawaiian Shane Dorian, Australian Jamie Mitchell, along with Californians Greg Long and Shawn Dollar.
FIVE SURFLINE BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES
(Surfer prize $5,000)
Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa)
Shawn Dollar (Santa Cruz, California, USA)
Shane Dorian (Kona, Hawaii, USA)
Greg Long (San Clemente, California, USA)
Jamie Mitchell (Gold Coast, Australia)