In contention for the famed World Surf League Big Wave Wipeout of the Year award are six surfers at five different big wave breaks around the year. This accolade honors the most committed — yet least successful — wave of the event window and comes with $2,000 prize for the surfers and $1,000 for the videographer. Among this year’s candidates are Scott Dennis for an extreme wipeout in remote Australia, Marcio Freire for a performance at Jaws, Maui and Billy Kemper in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Rounding out the top five is Benjamin Sanchis at Nazaré, Portugal and an unusual two-person nomination from Australian Jamie Mitchell and American Chapman Murphy for a unique double wipeout at Maverick’s, California.
Surfer prize $2,000 – Photo/video prize $1,000
Scott Dennis (Bawley Point, New South Wales, Australia) in remote Australia on August 5, 2014 (video by Tyge Landa)
Marcio Freire (Bahia, Brazil) at Jaws, Hawaii, USA on January 21, 2015 (video by Dan Norkunas)
Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on July 5, 2014 (video by Daniel Nava)
Jamie Mitchell (Gold Coast, Australia) and Chapman Murphy (San Diego, California,USA) at Maverick’s, California, USA on December 20, 2014 (video Alexey Orlov)
Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, France) at Nazaré, Portugal on December 11, 2014
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