The list of nominees for the 2018 World Surf League Big Wave Award  has been officially released and waves ridden at Nazaré were again a strong presence in the final, more specifically in the Ride of the Year, Biggest Paddle, Quiksilver Airlift XXL and Wipeout of the Year categories.

The nominees for 2018, in alphabetical order:

RIDE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
Ross Clarke-Jones at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018.
Ryan Hipwood at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017.
Kai Lenny at Nelscott Reef, Oregon on November 29, 2017.
Sebastian Steudtner at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018.
Ian Walsh at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017.

BIGGEST PADDLE AWARD NOMINEES
Lucas Chianca at Nazaré, Portugal on January 4, 2018.
Lucas Chianca at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018.
Nathan Florence  at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018.
Aaron Gold at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 13, 2018.
Aaron Gold at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018.

QUIKSILVER AIRLIFT XXL BIGGEST WAVE AWARD NOMINEES
Ross Clarke-Jones at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018.
Rodrigo Koxa at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017.
Kai Lenny at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018.
Benjamin Sanchis at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018.
Sebastian Steudtner at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018.

TUBE OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
Grant Baker at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 14, 2018.
Mick Corbett at The Right, Western Australia on May 16, 2016.
Tyler Hollmer-Cross at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania on July 25, 2017.
Billy Kemper at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 27, 2017.
Ian Walsh at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017.

WIPEOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES
Andrew Cotton at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017.
Billy Kemper at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on October 28, 2017.
Coco Nogales at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on July 31, 2017.
Eli Olson at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 13, 2018.
Owen Schultz at Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018.

HYDRO FLASK WOMEN’S BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD NOMINEES
Paige Alms (Haiku, Hawaii, USA)
Justine Dupont (Seignosse, France)
Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Keala Kennelly (Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA)
Bianca Valenti (Mill Valley, California, USA)

A panel of judges will review the nominated rides and select the winners, which will be revealed at the invitation-only Big Wave Awards on Saturday, April 28, 2018.