On Friday night the eyes of the surfing world fell on LA as the Billabong XXL awards got underway. Reported widely as “the Oscars of surfing” the guest list reads as a who’s who of big wave surfing, with the nominations singling out the year’s biggest names and most epic achievements.
For the second time in three years, Lifedge Pioneer Andrew Cotton was nominated in the biggest wave category but narrowly missed out on the prize, his monster wave in Nazare being judged to be smaller than Gautier Garanx’s epic in Belharra, France which came it at 62ft (you can view that wave here).
At the weekend Cotty sent us an email from the road as he continues his road trip up to San Francisco with his family. He gave us a few thoughts on the awards and what the future holds, with a couple of pictures from the awards ceremony.
1. “I was feeling pretty nervous about the result on the night, there had been so much hype and media coverage about my wave and the size, but I had loads of support from everyone back home and it was great to have my family there, which was a little bonus.”
2. “We’d been staying at a friends in Venice so we ended up renting a ‘party bus’ to the awards which was about an hours drive, there were good vibes and spirits were high. The venue was pretty epic and it’s always a buzz to see so many surfing heroes in one place.”
3. “Obviously I’m disappointed I didn’t take the win but stoked to make the final 5 for the 2nd time in 3 years. It’s a massive honour which I’m very proud of. The support from everyone has been immense, I really can’t get over it but now I’m looking forward to next season, setting my goals and thinking about what I want to achieve. Maybe next year could be the year I win a XXL award.”
4. “We hit the road early the next day as we fly out of San Francisco on the 9th May. We’re just gonna make our way up slowly checking out the sights and surfing as much as possible.”
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