That time has come where we get to look back at the biggest, craziest and most daring big-wave surfing pursuits from the past year. That is, the nominees for the 2018 World Surf League Big Wave Awards have just been announced.

The WSL Big Wave Awards is the biggest night in big-wave surfing where the world’s top big-wave riders get the recognition they deserve for hucking themselves down the faces of some of the most powerful surf on the planet. This year the Big Wave Awards will be taking place at an invitation-only gala in Southern California on Saturday, April 28.

Below is the list of all the nominees for six of the seven categories. As the WSL tells in the press release announcing the nominees, the Men's Best Overall Performance Award nominees are still under review and will be announced this Thursday, April 12.

Women’s Best Performance Award Nominees

First prize $15,000 ($32,500 total)

– Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
– Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
– Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
– Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
– Bianca Valenti (Mill Valley, California, USA)

Wipeout Of The Year Award Nominees

Surfer prize $5,000/Videographer prize $2,000

– Andrew Cotton (Braunton, Devon, United Kingdom) at Nazaré, Portugal on Nov. 8, 2017. (Video by Pedro Miranda.)
– Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Oct. 28, 2017. (Video by WSL Video Team.)
– Coco Nogales (Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico) at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on July 31, 2017. (Video by Yana Vaz.)
– Eli Olson (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 13, 2018. (Video by Bruno Lemos.)
– Owen Schultz (Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico) at Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 18, 2018. (Video by Remi Blanc.)

Tube Of The Year Award Nominees

Tyler-Hollmer Cross at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on July 25, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Chisholm/WSL

Surfer prize $10,000/Still photography prize $5,000

– Grant Baker (Durban, South Africa) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photos by Dooma Photos, Aaron Lynton, Fred Pompermayer and Randy Sarrow.)
– Mick Corbett (Perth, W.A. Australia) at The Right, Western Australia on May 16, 2016. (Photo by Trent Slatter.)
– Tyler Hollmer-Cross (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on July 25, 2017. (Photo by Andrew Chisholm.)
– Billy Kemper (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Oct. 27, 2017. (Photos by Richard Hallman, Tony Heff and Keoki Saguibo.)
– Ian Walsh (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Oct. 28, 2017. (Photos by Adam Carbajal, Richard Hallman, Paul Karaolides, Tracy Leboe and Sofie Louca.)

XXL Biggest Wave Award Nominees

Surfer prize $25,000/Photographer prize $5,000

– Ross Clarke-Jones (Avoca, New South Wales, Australia) at Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photos by Bruno Aleixo and Ricardo Bravo. Video by Humberto Santos.)
– Rodrigo Koxa (Guarujá, SP, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on Nov. 8, 2017. (Photos by Raphael Alvim, Pedro Cruz, Rafael G. Riancho, Manuel Ricardo and Leandro Sieves. Video by Carlos Muriongo.)
– Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photos by Dooma Photos, Tony Heff, Aaron Lynton, Fred Pompermayer and Stu Soley. Video by Marcus Rodrigues.)
– Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, France) at Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photos by Bruno Aleixo, Helio Antonio, Andre Botelho, Antonio Bravo and Vitor Estrelinha. Video by Michael Darrigade.)
– Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany) at Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photos by Helio Antonio, Andre Botelho, Rafael G. Riancho, Surfemotions and Gillen Usandizaga. Video by Nuno Dias.)

Biggest Paddle Award Nominees

Surfer prize $30,000/Photographer prize $5,000

– Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photos by Vitor Estrelinha and Rafael G. Riancho. Video by Cesinha Feliciano.)
– Lucas Chianca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photos by Tony Heff, Aaron Lynton and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Elliot Leboe.)
– Nathan Florence (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photos by Photos by Dooma Photos, Aaron Lynton and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Aldo Tassara.)
– Aaron Gold (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 13, 2018. (Photos by Dooma Photos, Aaron Lynton and Fred Pompermayer. Video by Bruno Lemos.)
– Aaron Gold (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 14, 2018. (Photos by Erik Aeder, Brent Broza, Robin Ernst, Tony Heff and Aaron Lynton. Video by Tony Heff.)

Ride Of The Year Nominees

Surfer prizes total $125,000/Videographer prizes total $13,000

– Ross Clarke-Jones (Avoca, New South Wales, Australia) at Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 18, 2018. (Video by Pedro Miranda.)
– Ryan Hipwood (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Oct. 28, 2017. (Video by WSL Video Team.)
– Kai Lenny (Paia, Hawaii, USA) at Nelscott Reef, Oregon on Nov. 29, 2017. (Video by Ian Kennelly.)
– Sebastian Steudtner (Nuremberg, Germany) at Nazaré, Portugal on Jan. 18, 2018. (Video by Javier Goya.)
– Ian Walsh (Haiku, Hawaii, USA) at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Oct. 28, 2017. (Video by Dan Norkunas.)

Stay tuned to ASN for more about the 2018 Big Wave Awards. For all videos and photos of the nominees head over to WSL.

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