Check out the winners of the Billabong XXL Awards 2009

Once again Billabong rewarded the bravest gladiators of big wave surfing, riding the gnarliest monsters that can be found in our oceans.

Regarded as the Oscars of big wave surfing, the XXL Awards recognize the biggest and ugliest waves ridden over the past twelve months as judged by a global panel of 250 surf industry, former pros and big wave specialists.

Maya Gabeira (Brazil) maintained her stranglehold on the Girls Best Overall Performance Award by winning the category for a third consecutive year. The 22-year-old has continually pushed the boundaries of female big wave surfing over the past 12 months, basing herself in the Hawaiian islands and chasing swell events around the world with tow partner Carlos Burle.

Watch her clip HERE

Californian big wave surfer Greg Long, 26, took top honors at the gala ceremony and was handed $50,000 for winning the Ride Of The Year Category. Long’s entry came from a ride he conquered during the Red Bull Big Wave Africa event on July 26th 2008 at Dungeons, a renowned high surf location off Cape Town.

Watch the highlights of the award ceremony and all the winning clips HERE


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