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WAVECRASHERS: Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award Nominees

April 30, 2012

Billabong recognizes surfers that tackle the most fearsome swells. Read about two local surfers that have made the cut on the nominee list, and are vying for the prize of $50,000! San Clemente’s Greg Long is nominated for the Ride of the Year award with a bomb he caught at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on March 19. San Clemente’s Nathan Fletcher is also looking solid with the wave he caught August 27 at Teahupoo, Tahiti. Wow, go San Clemente!!

A total of $120,000 in prize money is at stake here. Here’s more from the announcement: “The 12 months leading up to the end of the XXL cycle at the end of the Northern Hemisphere on March 19 have been widely regarded as the most spectacular ever seen in the the sport of big wave riding. ‘Biggest-ever’ swells were conquered at surf breaks in locations ranging from Tahiti to Ireland and from Tasmania to Portugal along with ‘just plain huge’ days in Mexico, Fiji, California and Hawaii.”

Download iPad App Edition Date: 4/28/2012 for full coverage of this story. Story by Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register

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