Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards

Adrenaline-charged photo-and-video-based competition for big-wave surfers, the first of its kind, developed in 1997 by former Surfing magazine editor Bill Sharp, with primary sponsorship by equipment and clothing manufacturer Billabong. Guidelines for the initial Big-Wave Challenge (then-sponsored by clothing company K2) were simple: the surfer had to paddle into the wave (no personal watercraft–a...

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