The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards 2013 panel was flooded with grueling entries for the “Worst Wipeout” award. Though athletes generally try to avoid dangerous plunges at all costs, the survivors sure are proud when their painful tumble is caught on camera. This year’s Top 5 nominees included: Brett Burcher, João de Macedo, Tom Dosland, Axi Muniain and the winner, Chris Shanahan.
Watch some of the bravest athletes in the world get rocked by unbelievably giant swells:
Footage provided by BillabongXXL.com.