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Justine Dupont Makes History With World’s Biggest Wave Award



Source: World Surf League
Big Wave rider Justine Dupont has made history at the Big Wave Challenge awards presentation for winning Biggest Wave, Ride of the Year, and Surfer of the Year in the women’s categories.
Dupont was awarded the Biggest Wave trophy for surfing an estimated 75-foot wave at Cortes Bank – 100 miles off the coast of California – last January while filming the HBO documentary 100 Foot Waves.
The Big Wave Challenge Awards, which took place on October 28 in Nazaré, Portugal, also saw Hawaii’s Nathan Florence grab Ride of the Year and Surfer of the Year in the men’s category. Florence’s winning wave, which he took on at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland, was deemed the best of the 2022-23 season by a panel of 200 surfing experts who voted by a secret ballot.
“Big wave surfing once again has a platform where the surfers, the shooters and the fans can all come together to follow the best the sport has to offer,” said event creator Bill Sharp. “I’m beyond stoked at how this first edition came together and how the surfers rallied behind it. This is just the very start of something great. And now that the first awards are in the can we can jump right back into it with the 2023-24 event cycle underway and El Niño expected to produce an epic winter.”