Garrett McNamara Withdraws from Billabong XXL Awards

Hawaiian charger cites issue with event sponsorship and lack of industry support

Every surfer in the world – as well as any TV-watching non-surfer – – knows that Garrett McNamara caught a giant wave off Nazare, Portugal in late January. The mainstream media called it a hundred-footer, asked him how it all felt. Your non-surfing cousin suddenly wanted to know about the biggest wave you ever rode. Some of the surf media asked questions like, “does it count if it didn’t break?”

Garrett, for his part, said at the time, “don’t believe the hype.”

A couple months later, as the waiting period for the Billabong XLL Big-Wave Awards is winding down, McNamara surprisingly announced he was not entering this year.

Read more at Surfline…


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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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