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The 2011 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards results

Updated: April 30, 2011, 12:55 PM ET
By Jake Howard | ESPN Action Sports

"You never do anything like this by yourself," says Danilo Couto, $50,000 check in hand. Twitching nervously in front of a live audience of 5,000 and lord knows how many millions streaming around the world, the emotion bubbles up. His lips purse, then start to quiver.

"You're just one little thing in it all. You got blessed and the wave came to you," he continues, gaining traction. "But you get inspired by so many people, supported by so many friends."

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