GALLERY: Big Wave Awards finalists

MOST people believe they’re crazy, but their madness could be about to pay off for the finalists of the Surfing Life’s Big Wave Awards.

There is $35,000 in prizemoney available for the big-wave chargers that include former award nominees Tyler Hollmer-Cross and Marti Paradisis, South African Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker and rising paddle-in star, Jeff Rowley.

Stiff opposition is also predicted from West Australian trio Chris Shanahan, Chris Ross and Cale Grigson.

Judges received a total of 50 entries, which have been whittled down to 14 entries between 13 surfers across the three categories of biggest wave, biggest slab and biggest paddle-in ride.

The awards will be presented at Simmer on the Bay at Dawes Point on February 13.

BIGGEST WAVE

Danny Griffiths

The young charger from Tasmania has a massive chance this year thanks to a terrifying ride off Pedra Branca in his home state.

Jeff “Camel” Goulden

The underground Aussie surf legend is renowned for his epic free-surfing performances in Indonesia and Western Australia and his ride has been nominated in two divisions.

Marti Paradisis

Master and commander of the Tasmania crew, he has won numerous awards over the years in pioneering tow surfing at Shipstern Bluff.

Paul ‘‘Antman’’ Paterson

An accomplished ex-professional surfer with a hunger for giant waves thanks to his south-west WA upbringing, Paterson stars in the awards annually.

Tyler Hollmer-Cross

With his brother James he has made a name as one of Australia’s most fearless “slab” tow-in riders.

BIGGEST SLAB

Chris Shanahan

“Shanno” is part of the Right Crew from south-western Australia. This is his third entry at the awards.

Grant ‘‘Twiggy’’ Baker

Already a legendary big-wave rider in South Africa, he is also a regular competitor at the world’s most prestigious heavy-water events.

Cale Grigson

The two-time slab award winner is in the hunt again this year.

Chris Ross

Many think “Crossy” was unlucky not to take this award three years ago and he has two chances to break his duck this season.

BIGGEST PADDLE-IN

James Hick

Hick made a name for himself in last year’s awards with a titanic paddle-in entry from gale-swept southern Tasmania. He will go close again.

Paul Morgan

The quiet man of Australian big surf was the co-star of award-winning recent documentary StormSurfers 3D and hails from Ulladulla.

Leroy Rust

This first-time entrant from southern New Zealand scored a great ride on a day that started out snowing.

Jeff Rowley

The Victorian is one of just two Australian board-riders seeded in the inaugural Big Wave Surfers Association World Tour.

Hick made a name for himself in last year’s awards with a titanic paddle-in entry from gale-swept southern Tasmania. He will go close again.

Paul Morgan

The quiet man of Australian big surf was the co-star of award-winning recent documentary StormSurfers 3D and hails from Ulladulla.

Leroy Rust

This first-time entrant from southern New Zealand scored a great ride on a day that started out snowing.

Jeff Rowley

The Victorian is one of just two Australian board-riders seeded in the inaugural Big Wave Surfers Association World Tour.

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