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Best wave ride and wipe-out honoured at Big Wave Awards

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Published on May 3, 2019 - Duration: 01:42s
Bravery and skill marked at surfing's Big Wave Awards
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Best wave ride and wipe-out honoured at Big Wave Awards

SHOWS: PE'AHI, MAUI, HAWAII, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 26, 2018) (WSL - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1.

GRANT BAKER DURING HIS 2018 RIDE OF THE YEAR CLOUDBREAK, FIJI (MAY 26, 2018) (WSL - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 2.

MAKUA ROTHMAN WIPING OUT - AWARDED THE 2018 WIPEOUT OF THE YEAR 3.

SLOW MOTION OF THE WIPEOUT NAZARE, PORTUGAL (NOVEMBER 18, 2018) (WSL - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 4.

JUSTINE DUPONT, WINNER OF THE 2018 OVERALL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR AWARD, COMPETING PE'AHI, MAUI, HAWAII, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 16, 2016) (WSL - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 5.

ANDREA MOLLER DURING HER PADDLE-IN SURFING WORLD RECORD REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 2, 2019) (WSL - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREA MOLLER SAYING: "I still remember that day like it was yesterday.

It was one of the biggest days I've ever paddled out.

It was early new year, and it was just magic.

Beautiful conditions, I went out there not knowing what to expect, and all of a sudden it happened." 7.

AUDIENCE 8.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREA MOLLER SAYING WHILE HOLDING THE AWARD ALOFT: "Thank you so much!" STORY: Grant Baker of South Africa took surfing's Ride of the Year trophy at the the World Surf League's Big Wave Awards held at Redondo Beach near Los Angeles on Thursday (May 2).

Baker received the trophy for his performance in Maui last November - he also collected the Biggest Paddle award for this.

The awards were not just about winners but also highlighted the bravery of the surfers taking on the big waves.

This was marked by Makua Rothman of the United States being awarded the Wipeout of the Year for his spectacular crash in Fiji last May.

Frenchwoman Justine Dupont took the best Overall Performance of the Year while Andrea Moller of Brazil was presented with an award for a newly-created world record in women's paddle-in surfing.

Moller set the record riding a 42-foot (12.8-metre) back in January 2016 in Maui, Hawaii.

(Production: Mike brock)

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