Last night Surfer magazine’s rendition of SUP Awards returned to the North Shore of Oahu with the 2017 Surfer Awards, the biggest night in surfing and a showcase of the year’s top achievements in sport.
Among the star-studded lineup of surfers who took the podium to accept awards, Kai Lenny—perennial SUP Award winner, former M2O champion, downwind savant and SUP foiling pioneer—was nominated alongside some of surfing’s most committed hellmen for the Heavy Water Award, a recognition of the year’s hardest charging big-wave surfer. Lenny won the award, notching yet another tremendous achievement into his already remarkable year of pushing limits on the water in a variety of disciplines.
“Big wave surfing is exciting. It’s kinda scary sometimes,” Lenny said in his acceptance speech. “I really appreciate the camaraderie that we all share. A lot of the waves that I’ve ridden and the experiences I’ve had, I couldn’t have done it on my own.”
See who else won at the 2017 Surfer Awards and watch the webcast at surferawards.com
About the 2017 Heavy Water Surfer Award
Every year, as a growing cadre of maybe-sane surfers push the limits of big-wave riding, it becomes more and more difficult to determine which five should be in the running for the Heavy Water award. This year, that was especially true. But these five nominees for the 2017 Heavy Water award have spent the last 12 months showing us that the performance bar can still be raised, bigger waves can be paddled into, and more harrowing tubes can be threaded. Ian Walsh shot through one of the best big-wave barrels in history during the Jaws event, Francisco Porcella seemingly chased every single massive swell and rode a true liquid mountain at Nazaré, Kai Lenny won the Puerto Challenge and put on equally impressive performances around the globe, Billy Kemper toyed with Jaws and made a statement in the film "Shadow Company," and Lucas "Chumbo" Chianca proved that you don't need to be a household name to paddle out and make a statement in the world's heaviest waves. We're very thankful for this group of surfers, testing the limits of what humans can do in unruly surf so the rest of us don't have to (or at least that's our excuse). –Surfer staff