In contention for the famed XXL Wipeout of the Year honors are five surfers at three notorious big wave breaks scattered around the world. Among this year’s candidates are Shawn Dollar and Alex Martins who suffered spectacular malfunctions at their home break of Maverick’s in Northern California, along with French Polynesian Alain Riou and Hawaiian Koa Rothman, who both went end-over-end at Teahupoo, Tahiti. Rounding out the top five is Australian Jamie Mitchell – who parted ways with his surfboard during a try at what was probably the biggest paddle-in wave ever attempted in the history of the sport at Belharra Reef, France.
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