The Finals at the Billabong Air&Style 2008 Quarterpipe in Innsbruck, Austria at the Bergisel Stadium.
After what has been the greatest year yet in big wave surfing, nominees for the 2008 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards have been decided in California. Considered the Oscars of big wave riding, the XXL Awards take place April 11 in Anaheim, California and feature over $130,000 in cash and prizes.
In contention for the XXL Ride of the Year Award are three amazing tube rides at Tahiti's legendary break of Teahupoo ("cho-poo") by local MANOA DROLLET ("Droll-lay") and two Hawaiian surfers, IAN WALSH of Maui and SHANE DORIAN of the Big Island. Brazilian CARLOS BURLE ("Boor-lay") was nominated for his tense moment in the curl at Ghost Tree off Pebble Beach, California while young Australian BRENNAN was acknowledged for his airborne entry into a huge barrel at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania. To see all the nominee's check out www.billabongxxl****
The kings of big wave surfing have been crowned at the eighth annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards in California. Regarded as the Oscars of big wave surfing, the 2007/08 awards recognize the biggest and heaviest waves ridden and documented over the past twelve months.
2000 surf stoked fans packed the Grove Theater in Anaheim to witness mind-blowing rides from Chile, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, California and French Polynesia. In what proved to be one of the best years in big wave surfing history, over 500 images and videos were submitted for judging. The awards are decided by a panel of 250 surfers, selected surf media and big wave aficionados.
The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards are presented by Monster Energy.
The Billabong Pro Tahiti, with prize money of USD $320,000, is the 3rd event on the association of Surfing Professionals World Tour (ASP). Tahiti is one of the world's best known surfing destinations - and in May, it plays host to the world's most exciting surfing event, the spectacular Billabong Pro Tahiti, presented by Air Tahiti Nui.
The annual event is staged off the fishing village of Teahupoo on the south coast of the main island of Tahiti, where the world's elite surfers do battle each year with some of the largest waves on the planet. But it is the giant Teahupoo, a huge left hand breaking wave specific to Tahiti, which every serious surfer wants to conquer - or at the very least see - and from 08-18 May, the Bilabong Pro Tahiti makes this possible for the best of the best.
What: Billabong Pro Tahiti
When: 08 - 18 may, 2008
Where: Teahupoo, Tahiti
Prize money: USD $320,000
THE world’s top 45 surfers have been issued a severe warning about what to expect for the 2008 Billabong Pro Tahiti with the world’s heaviest wave, Teahupoo, roaring to life on the opening day of the Air Tahiti Nui - Von Zipper Trials.
The Trials event awards two wildcards into the Billabong Pro main event and pits 40 respected international big wave surfers against 40 Tahitian locals.
The 2008 Trials event has attracted the cream of progressive big wave surfing talent with the likes of Jamie Sterling (Haw), Kalani Chapman (Haw), Jamie O’Brien (Haw), Cory Lopez (USA), Dylan Longbottom (AUS), Clay Marzo (Haw), Laurie Towner (AUS), Brian Conley (USA), and Anthony Walsh (AUS) making the field the strongest in its nine year history.
A powerful WSW swell confronted contestants on day one, with a light offshore breeze fanning perfect 10-12ft (3-4m) sets with the occasional 15ft sneaker keeping contestants in round one and two on their toes.
Teahupoo, Tahiti (Monday 28th April 2008): HAWAIIAN hot-shot JAMIE O’BRIEN has defeated a class field of over 80 big wave surfers to win the Air Tahiti Nui – VonZipper Trials in Tahiti.
In heavy 3m surf, the 2006 Pipeline Masters Champion defeated talented Brazilian Bruno Santos in an epic final. The pair trade 8 and 9 point rides before O’Brien snatched victory in the last 40-seconds with a perfect ten.
Both surfers have won coveted wildcards into the Billabong Pro Tahiti main event which gets underway on May 8th.
Brazilian wildcard Bruno Santos has defeated local wildcard Manoa Drollet (PYF) to win the Billabong Pro Tahiti and become the first Brazilian to win an ASP World Tour event in five years.
Santos, who earned his spot in the Billabong Pro Tahiti with a runner-up finish in the Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials held prior to the main event, got the better of local Teahupoo specialist Drollet in their low scoring affair. Santos beat Drollet 9.16 to 6.83 on a borrowed surfboard in inconsistent three-foot (one metre) waves.
Santos defeated last year’s World No. 1 Mick Fanning (AUS), World No. 2 Taj Burrow and 2001 ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood (USA), among others, en route to his victory over Drollet.
This wave, Belharra, is in the French Basque Country. Seb St-Jean and Fred Basse got the 2nd place in the Billabong XXL Challenge 2003 (Biggest wave of the year).
The perfect right hander Keramas in Bali has fired to life on day one of the Billabong Pro Junior Series Indonesia. A host of Junior fin thrower's from Oz, Indo, Europe and South Africa made the most of slabbing 6ft pits. Check out the news and images on www.billabong****.au
(Keramas-Bali, June 19, 2008): Seemingly impossible but true, Keramas stepped it up a notch from the day before and delivered some of its best quality waves yet for the Billabong Pro Junior Series in Indonesia. The event ran through rounds three and four and decided the final eight surfers to contest the man on man quarter finals tomorrow. Check out all the news, results and images on the Australian region of Billabong****.
:NSW Surfer HEATH JOSKE (Coffs Harbour) has trumped fellow Aussie NICK VASICEK (Coolangatta) to win the Billabong Pro Junior Series event in Bali. After two days of epic waves, the final day served up perfect 6ft pits at Keramas. Aussie surfers dominated the event, with 8 reaching the quarter finals. Check the news and images at www.billabong****
Best waves on tour in two years. It’s a big call, but it came out of the lips of more than one tour surfer during the course of today. J-Bay turned on all time 4-6ft waves for round one of the Billabong Pro and you would be hard fought to wipe the smile off some of the competitors on day one.
Taylor Knox went mad with a near perfect 19.70 score, Parko scored a 10 and lost, Taj pulled into two monster pipes on the one wave for a 9.93, Slater made it through easily and Fanning was in fine touch. Watch it all LIVE on BillabongPro****