BILLABONG XXL BIG WAVE AWARDS, PRESENTED BY MONSTER ENERGY TV SHOW ON ESPN2
TUNE IN TUESDAY, MAY 18 AT 9:30 PM PACIFIC
BIGGEST WAVES, EPIC STORIES AND BEST RIDES OF THE YEAR
Produced/Co-Directed by Paul Taublieb/Media X International, Inc.
Co-Directed/Written by Sam George and Narrated by Stacy Peralta
Malibu, CA — (May 17, 2010) — A TV special on the 2010 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy will air on ESPN2 this Tuesday, May 18 at 9:30 P.M. Pacific Time (12:30 A.M. late night on the East Coast). The one-hour documentary brings together the most thrilling moments from the last year of big wave riding from all around the world and delves into the mindsets of the surfers who are pushing the limits like never before.
Produced and co-directed by Paul Taublieb of Malibu-CA based Media X International, Inc. (MXi), co-directed and written by Sam George (“Hollywood Don’t Surf,” “Riding Giants” and “The Lost Wave,”) and narrated by legendary director and filmmaker Stacy Peralta (“Dogtown and Z Boys,” “Riding Giants” and “Made in America”) this one-hour documentary captures the best from what is perhaps the biggiest, most consistent big wave season in history.
There are plenty of heart-stopping highlights including Shane Dorian recounting his first ever-day at Maverick’s where the Hawaiian scored one of the best paddle-in tube rides ever achieved at the notorious Northern California breaks — followed by his near-death experience during a two-wave hold-down the following day.
Other segments follow the amazing push in big-wave paddle surfing and a pair of monumental swells which intersected with the running of the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau contest at Waimea Bay in Hawaii and the Maverick’s Surf Contest on the West Coast. The four days of action produced a flurry of XXL nominations for Monster Paddle In and Monster Tube of the Year, including Santa Cruz surfer Shawn Dollar and his world-record 55-foot paddle-in wave and South African Grant “Twiggy” Baker’s amazing ride which took him from near disaster to pure ecstasy — and to the forefront of XXL accolades.
The first big swells to hit the legendary break of Jaws on the Hawaiian Island of Maui in some five years offered several massive days suitable for tow-in surfing, with local legends Makua Rothman and Ian Walsh scoring incredible giant waves, but perhaps none more so than of all things, an unknown German transplant, Sebastian Steudtner, who was taken in as a youngster by a traditional Hawaiian family and taught the waterman’s path, leading over many years to his “overnight” fame.
This year there were also amazing performances by an unprecedented array of women in big waves including big Jaws rides by Hawaiians Bethany Hamilton and Keala Kennelly, a crazy Australian barrel by Layne Beachley and a precise traverse through a serious tube at Tahiti’s Teahupoo by Maya Gaberia of Brazil, with all the women battling in the Billabong Girls Best Performance category.
Adding to the drama, a last-minute Tahiti swell just three days before the end of the event period in March blew the Monster Tube division wide open with some astonishingly large barrels at Teahupoo, including a behind-the-foam ballr ride by local Raimana Van Bastolaer.
All this and more, including a special interview with big wave legend Greg Noll, the Verizon Wipeout of the Year award, and a look at the entire season to see who would take home Surfline’s Overall Performance Award from a slew of deserving big wave hellmen.
This year’s Billabong XXL presentation on ESPN2 is a must-see event for anyone who follows big wave surfing. Tune in or set your DVR now!
For more information on the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards go to the event website at www.BillabongXXL.com.
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The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, Presented by Monster Energy, is a Media X International, Inc. production, produced in association with Billabong, Bill Sharp, and Monster Energy. Executive Producers Graham Stapleberg, Mark Hall, Sam Pontrelli. Edited by Evan Stone with Johnny Bell, co-producer Ryan Meyers, Associate Producer Stacy Griffith.