BILLABONG XXL GLOBAL BIG WAVE AWARDS SETTING RECORDS IN FINAL MONTH OF SEASON;
EIGHTH-ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT GALA SET FOR APRIL 11, 2008 IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA


NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (February 21, 2008) -- New entries are flooding in from Europe, Hawaii and California, and with less than a month remaining in the annual cycle for the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy, few are doubting that a number of records are going to be shattered. The last eleven months have proven among the most extraordinary in the history of big wave surfing, with an unprecedented 420+ entry images from all around the planet providing visual evidence of the mammoth surf on the event website at BillabongXXL.com.

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BILLABONG XXL GLOBAL BIG WAVE AWARDS GOES HUGE OFF THE CALIFORNIA COAST;
ALL-STAR CREW DEFIES PACIFIC STORM TO RIDE BIGGEST CORTES BANK WAVES EVER


NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (January 7, 2008) -- The most amazing year yet in big wave surfing continues with the latest development -- the largest waves ever encountered at the legendary Cortes Bank seamount 105 miles off the Southern California coast. Believed to be among the tallest wave faces challenged in the history of the sport, photos of the rides are expected to be likely contenders in the next Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy taking place in April, 2008. The new photos and video from Cortes can now be viewed at the event website at BillabongXXL.com where they join incredible images already posted from last month's epic string of swells in Ireland, Spain, Mavericks and Ghost Tree in California and Todos Santos in Mexico.

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New Website Also Features Epic Southern Hemisphere Rides in Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (November 2, 2007) -- The arrival of the northern winter may be seven weeks off, but the eighth-annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy is well underway, thanks to a number of enormous Southern Hemisphere swells -- including massive tubing waves ridden just yesterday at the legendary break of Teahupoo in Tahiti. The brand-new XXL event website is now chock full of photographic evidence of what is turning out to be a remarkable year in the big wave realm.

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HUGE TAHITI SWELL LAUNCHES BILLABONG XXL BIG WAVE AWARDS FOR '08 WINTER SEASON
New Website Also Features Epic Southern Hemisphere Rides in Chile, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (November 2, 2007) -- The arrival of the northern winter may be seven weeks off, but the eighth-annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy is well underway, thanks to a number of enormous Southern Hemisphere swells -- including massive tubing waves ridden just yesterday at the legendary break of Teahupoo in Tahiti. The brand-new XXL event website is now chock full of photographic evidence of what is turning out to be a remarkable year in the big wave realm.

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Anaheim, CA -- (April 13, 2007) -- Californian big wave charger Ken "Skindog" Collins (Santa Cruz) has trumped the world's best big wave surfers to claim victory in the Ride Of The Year category at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy.
The 37-year-old rode a monstrous, seemingly impossible tube at Puerto Escondido, Mexico in June 2006 to earn nomination alongside Manoa Drollet (Tahiti), Rusty Long (California), Andrew Marr (South Africa) and Doug Young (New Zealand).

"Bottom line is, with this whole group of nominees, if you take away the glitz and the glamour, the whole money aspect and everything else, the same crew are going to do the same thing," said Collins. "We are all adrenalin junkies and we love this." "I would have paid 50 grand to get that barrel." . . . read more


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