By OSKAR GARCIA
HONOLULU (AP) - A gnarly single-day surf session in October has put a Hawaii surfer in position to win $85,000 in prizes at the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards, and perhaps defend a world record for a paddle-in wave by setting a new mark.
Big Island pro surfer Shane Dorian was nominated in all four major categories announced Tuesday by award organizers for the governing body of big wave surfing. Dorian's ride came in waters off the northern end of Maui, in an area known as "Jaws" for its large waves.
Video of Dorian's best catch shows the surfer dropping in from atop of a growing swell, shooting toward its bottom as the wave starts to fully break. Several seconds into his ride, a stream of whitewater shoots out of the wave's tube.