Kingy surfer named Oakley Big Wave finalist
KINGSCLIFF surfer Justin Holland has been named a finalist in the southern hemisphere’s craziest surf competition, the Oakley Big Wave Awards.
The renowned big wave specialist was picked from 100 entries to take his place before an international panel of big wave champions for his shot at the Big Wave Ride Of The Year Title and a $20,000 cheque.
Awards organisers announced the finalists in the biggest paddle-in, biggest slab and biggest wave categories recently, with winners to share in a total prize pool of $30,000.
To qualify, Holland put his life on the line during a huge swell at legendary Western Australian break Cowaramup Bombora (Cow Bombie) in June 2015, where he rode one of the largest recorded waves of the year.
It was Holland’s first ride at the break but hopefully it won’t be his last, despite him suffering a broken femur in a huge wipeout on the ride.
“I had always wanted to surf Cow Bombie, so I was stoked to finally have things fall into place and chase it with my good friend, and fellow finalist, Jamie Mitchell,” Holland said.
“Jamie towed me into six or eight waves before my finalist entry, which was definitely bigger than any of the others I caught that day.”
At this year’s awards, the popular Viewer’s Choice Award category will return, with voters to go into the draw to win weekly prizes including GoPros, cameras and Oakley gear.
The 2015/2016 winners will be announced at a star-studded evening at Manly Wharf Bar on March 2.