2022 Red Bull Big Wave Award Winners Announced, Justine Dupont Wins Big with Ride of the Year and Biggest Tow Awards
- Francisco Porcella, Mason Barnes, Annie Reickert, and Billy Kemper Named as 2023 Red Bull Big Wave Award Winners
- View All the Winning Rides at WorldSurfLeague.com
LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA (Thursday, July 7, 2022) – Today, the World Surf League (WSL) announced the official winners for the 2022 Red Bull Big Wave Awards. $350,000 in prize money has been awarded across three categories for men’s and women’s divisions: Ride of the Year, Biggest Tow, and Biggest Paddle. The winning photographers and videographers were also awarded prize money.
This year’s Red Bull Big Wave Awards received over 300 submissions with some of the heaviest and most amazing big waves ridden throughout April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022 Big Wave Awards season window. All submitted waves were evaluated by a comprehensive judging panel formed by WSL judges, former pro surfers, and big wave specialists.
“Huge congratulations to this year’s Red Bull Big Wave Awards winners,” said Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL SVP of Tours and Head of Competition. “The level of commitment we’ve seen this season has been amazing and I’ve been really impressed with all the nominated rides. Justine Dupont has to be the standout for me this season, with two award wins and nominations in every category, she’s really cemented her dominance on the big wave world!”
Ride of the Year
The Ride of the Year is awarded to the surfers who demonstrate the most advanced and committed level of big wave surfing during a successful ride, as judged by available video footage. While raw size is taken into consideration, it is ultimately the level of performance that is rewarded.
Justine Dupont (FRA), who was nominated twice in this category, won the women’s award for her ride at Teahupo’o, Tahiti on August 13, 2021. Francisco Porcella (ITA) is the men’s winner for his ride at Jaws, Hawaii on November 2, 2021.
1 – Justine Dupont at Teahupo’o on August 13, 2021 (photo and video captured by
2 – Paige Alms at Jaws on January 9, 2022
3 – Justine Dupont at Teahupo’o on October 6, 2021
4 – Annie Reickert at Outer Reef Kahului on December 5, 2021
5 – Michelle des Bouillons at Nazaré on February 10, 2022
1 – Francisco Porcella at Jaws on November 2, 2021
2 – Billy Kemper at Jaws on November 2, 2021
3 – Mikey Brennan at Shipstern Bluff on March 26, 2022
4 – Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca at Nazaré on February 25, 2022
5 – Pedro Scooby at Nazaré on December 13, 2021
The Biggest Tow Award goes to the surfers who, by any means available, catch and ride the biggest wave of the year.
This year’s winning rides were both from Nazaré in Portugal, where Dupontclaimed her second award this year in the Biggest Tow category for one of three waves on January 8, 2022, while Mason Barnes (USA) took the men’s award for his wave on February 26, 2022.
1 – Justine Dupont at Nazaré on January 8, 2022
2 – Michelle des Bouillons at Nazaré on December 11, 2021
3 – Justine Dupont at Nazaré on January 8, 2022 (wave two)
4 – Justine Dupont at Nazaré on January 8, 2022 (wave three)
5 – Michelle des Bouillons at Nazaré on December 13, 2021
1 – Mason Barnes at Nazaré on February 26, 2022
2 – João Macedo at Nazaré on February 25, 2022
3 – Pedro Scooby at Nazaré on January 8, 2022
4 – Nic Von Rupp at Nazaré on January 8, 2022
5 – Lucas “Chumbo” Chianca at Nazaré on January 8, 2022
As part of the 2022 Red Bull Big Wave Awards, the WSL officially announced the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title for Men’s Largest Wave Surfed (Unlimited) for Sebastian Steudtner (GER) for his award-winning 86 feet (26.21 meters) ride at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal on October 29, 2020.
To watch all the winning rides, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com/redbullbigwaveawards.
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