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XXL Global Big Wave Awards

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Gautier Garanx

Photograph By Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards/Eric Bellande

Topping the field, Gautier Garanx, from Bayonne, France, rode the biggest wave of the year according to the XXL panel of judges. Caught at Belharra Reef in southwest France on Dec. 22, 2013, he beat out a stacked field of challengers. "To be here is a dream. All my idols are here, the superstars, and tonight I'm with them. That wave was easily the biggest of my life," said Garanx from the podium.