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keala-xxl11

Last weekend it was time for the "Oscars" of big wave surfing again, the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards 2011. Next to some breath taking stunts from the male surfers, it was Hawaii's Keala Kenelly who was able to break the four-in-a-row stranglehold of the Girls Performance of the Year Award by Brazilian Maya Gabeira.

Watch Keala's clip below and read our interview with Maya in the latest issue of Cooler to find out what big wave riding is like...

NOMINEES

(Surfer prize $5,000)

Easkey Britton (Rossnowlagh, Ireland)

Maya Gabeira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Keala Kennelly (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)

Mercedes Maidana (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Jamilah Star (Santa Cruz, California, USA)