2021 Red Bull Big Wave Awards Nominees Announced


2021 Red Bull Big Wave Awards

The WSL just recently announced the list of hard-charging names that have been nominated for the 2021 Red Bull Big Wave Awards. On the line is $350,000 in prize money which will be awarded across four categories for men’s and women’s divisions: Ride of the Year, Biggest Paddle, Biggest Tow, and Performer of the Year. Winning photographers and videographers will also take home prize money.


In the female category they are Justine Dupont, Keala Kennelly, Maya Gabeira, Paige Alms, Michelle des Bouillons and Raquel Heckert.

In the men’s category Kai Lenny, Peter Mel, Conor Maguire, Grant Baker, Sebastian Steudtner, Ian Walsh, Nathan Florence, Eli Olson, Billy Kemper, Lucas ‘Chumbo’ Chianca, Makua Rothman and Vinicius dos Santos.


“This year’s nominees spanned the globe with surfers representing countries like Brazil, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, the United States, and France. The majority of the nominated rides come from the infamous big wave breaks of Nazaré in Portugal and Pe’ahi (a.k.a. “Jaws”) in Hawaii, USA, but this year’s shortlist also sees rides from Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California, USA, Todos Santos in Mexico, and Mullaghmore Head in Ireland.

The winners will be announced during the 2021 Red Bull Big Wave Awards Show on October 29, 2021. The show will be streamed at WorldSurfLeague.com/redbullbigwaveawards and audiences will discover who will be taking home the prestigious awards from some of the wildest rides this year.