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2011 Billabong XXL Big Wave Award nominees announced.

Updated: March 31, 2011, 10:58 AM ET
By Jake Howard

The nominees for the 2011 Billabong XXL Awards have been unveiled, and while La Nina conditions may have hampered some of the action in the North Pacific, the number of big-wave spots, as well as big-wave riders, continues to grow at a frightening rate around the world.

This year we find usual suspects like Shane Dorian and Mark Healey right there in the mix, but also worthy of note is the continued emergence of a diverse international scene. Both Ireland and France are ...

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