Playa Zicatela is scattered with broken boards this week. Mexico’s infamous Puerto Escondido is a prime location to film the world’s biggest rides and epic wipeouts. When big wave surfers got word of the pulsing south swells south of the border, Billabong XXL nominations started rolling through.
On July 5th, 2014, Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos was one of the brave souls who took on Puerto’s massive surf and definitely got his money’s worth. Check out the video below to see Dos Santos exit his board stage left and jump off a huge liquid cliff. Ouch.
Video by Michael Darriagde | Billabong XXL
“I believe that this was the most critical drop of my life thus far,” Ricardo dos Santos posted on Instagram @ricardosantos90. “After two hours waiting for a wave, the bad waves start to look more appealing – and that’s when you get smoked.”
Dos Santos’ gnarly wipeout earned him a nomination for ‘Wipeout of the Year’ at the 2015 XXL Billabong Big Wave Awards.
In contention for the famed “Wipeout of the Year” Award, Billabong XXL honored five surfers at three notorious big wave breaks scattered around the world. Among the 2014 candidates were Shawn Dollar and Alex Martins who suffered spectacular malfunctions at their home break of Maverick’s in Northern California, along with French Polynesian Alain Riou and Hawaiian Koa Rothman, who both went end-over-end at Teahupoo, Tahiti.
Rounding out the top five was Australian Jamie Mitchell – who parted ways with his surfboard during a try at what was probably the biggest paddle-in wave ever attempted in the history of the sport at Belharra Reef, France.
Footage provided by Billabong XXL