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2008 Billabong XXL Ride of the Year

billabong xxl big waveWith just a smidge more than a week left until the 2008 Billabong XXL winners are announced, I decided to take another run through and check out the finalists for each category. Now wrapping up it’s eighth year of running, the Billabong XXL is building prestige and helping to progress and grow big-wave surfing in ways beyond imagination. Hundreds of entries are coming in from breaks all over the world, many of which were unknown until recent years. Each year the entries get crazier and more difficult to fathom. 2008 has undoubtedly seen that trend continue.

It’s going to be difficult to decide where the $50,000 grand prize for Ride of the Year ends up. Take a look at this years entries and I’m sure you’ll agree. Mikey Brennan’s Shipstern beast and Carlos Burle’s Ghost Tree ride were both mind-blowing in their own right. However, I would have to guess that this years winner will come from one of three entries from waves ridden at Teahupoo. Ian Walsh, Shane Dorian, and Manoa Drollet all pulled themselves into deep monstrous lefts at the famed break, and in doing so have given the judges work to do when deciding who to hand the $50,000 check to.

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Posted by Shaun on Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 in Surfing.


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5 Responses to “2008 Billabong XXL Ride of the Year”

  • fedson Says:

    You are right, that ghost-tree wave is insane. You could fit multiple homes in that thing. I can see why there was a tragedy there that day.

  • Shaun Says:

    Definitely. The fact that there are very few deaths like Peter Davi’s is a testament to how well these guys condition and prepare themselves.

  • Cbin Says:

    Those are all so insane, I could of sworn there was a big Cortez ride this year?

    They should have a paddle and a ski winner

  • AgroKook Says:

    There was a tragedy cause the guy was loaded up on speed. The surf media chooses to ignore it but the coroner report stated that the guy was hopped up on three times the lethal dosage. The don’t do drugs applies to bigwave surfing too.

  • bomber Says:

    the do what you want but dont ram your opinion down other peoples throat works well in Australia , as long as you remember that opinions are just like arseholes…. everyone has one.whats the lethal dose ….. an whats hopped up? doh !

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