The Big Wave Challenge is a friendly competition to celebrate the person that rode the biggest wave of the winter and submitted a photograph or video of the ride. The Big Wave Challenge is open to all surfers, on any wave ridden in the South Bay between November 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. Winners of each of the five categories will be awarded at the Big Wave Challenge awards party on April 26, 2019 at the Hermosa Beach Community Center.
Biggest Wave Award: Awarded to the surfer who rides the biggest wave of the winter. Prize for Surfer: $1,000 and a New Surfboard; Prize for Photographer $500.
Ride of the Year Award (VIDEO): Awarded to the surfer who surfs at a highest performance level while riding a big wave. Prize for Surfer: $1,000 and a New Surfboard; Prize for Videographer: $500.
Wipeout of the Year Award: Honoring the most committed, yet unsuccessful, wave of the winter. Prize for Surfer: A New Surfboard; Prize for Photographer/Videographer: $250
Grom Hardest Charger Award: Awarded to the Surfer, under 18 years old, who rides the biggest wave of the year. Prize for Surfer: A New Surfboard; Prize for Photographer/Videographer: $250
The South Bay Boardriders Club’s Big Wave Challenge began in the winter of 2011. The event was created as a fun, community based way to reward the surfer who rode the largest wave of the winter. While new categories have been added over the years the rules have remained the same; the person who rides the biggest wave and submits a photo of it wins. The Big Wave challenge has run every year except the winter of 2014-2015. The waves never got that big that winter and in an effort to protect the integrity of the event the “Triple Overhead” minimum wave height requirement was created and the event was postponed that year. The Big Wave Challenge and The Big Wave Challenge Awards party have become staples of the South Bay surf community.
Matty Mohagen - Winter of 2011-2012- at Hammerland. Photo by Jeff Farsai
Dan Connell - Winter of 2012-2013- at the Redondo Beach Breakwall. Photo by Randy Ruby
Alex Gray - Winter of 2013-2014- at Burn Out. Photo by Bryce Lowe-white
Angelo Luhrsen – Winter of 2015-2016- at the Redondo Beach Breakwall. Photo by Charlie Scholz.
Tracey Meistrell – Winter of 2016-2017- at the Redondo Beach Breakwall. Photo by Tom Kampas.
Derek Levy – Winter of 2017-2018 – at the Redondo Beach Breakwall, Photo by Charlie Scholz