Shane Dorian rode the wave of his life last year at Jaws, and so fitting, he took home the top $50k prize for ride of the year at Billabong’s XXL big wave awards on Friday at The Grove Theater in Anaheim. Dorian also picked up another $5K for the Pacifico Tube award for the tube on the same wave.
The video by Elliot Leboe shows Shane’s incredible drop and tube on one of the biggest waves ever caught at Jaws, Maui. Two awards for one wave, and a total of $55K – sweet.
In the Jaws ride, we all saw a return to old-fashioned values in the form of Shane’s paddle entry to two-raised-arms barrel ride. This return to the good old days of tackling big waves without ski assistance is the “in” thing happening in surfing right now, and all of the awards (besides the wipeout) were given to paddle-power waves.
Shawn Dollar was the Paddle and Biggest Wave champ for his 61-footer for his ride at Cortes Bank, Keala Kennelly and Greg Long won Best Performances and Wipeout of The Year went to Chris Shanahan from The Right in Western Australia.
It was such a fun night! Thank you to Billabong for an incredible show. Congrats Shane Dorian and all of the other big wave athletes for this past year’s success. We can’t wait to see what everyone does this season!!
To check out Shane’s winning wave, wathc the video above.