Ocean Minded team rider Greg Long, the defending XXL Big Wave Award winner, claimed the $15,000 Monster Paddle Award and the $5,000 Surfline Men’s Overall Performance Award on Friday April 11th at the 2008 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards in Anaheim, California.
“I am so proud of Greg for his self discipline and drive to push himself to new levels of adventure. Greg has been part of the Ocean Minded family for over 11 years and we feel he is just getting started,” said Gary Ward, the company’s founder. “Greg is as real as they come and has so much to offer the surfing community and the world as a whole.”
The astonishing video of Long’s monstrous 53-foot wave was filmed on December 5th, 2007 in Todos Santos, Mexico. Long’s video overwhelmed the crowd as he beat Ben Andrews, Jamie Mitchell, Mark Healey and Rodrigo Resende for the Monster Paddle Award.
“I am very excited and honored to have won both the Monster Paddle and Performance of the Year awards at this year’s XXL Big Wave Awards,” said Long. “Ocean Minded has been behind me from the very beginning of my big wave quest, and has continued as my only sponsor throughout the entire year. I can’t thank them enough for all of their support and look forward to many big years ahead.”
A true waterman, Long’s fearless spirit was recognized when he won the Surfline Best Overall Performance Award, which is given to the surfer who has the most outstanding performances in various locations throughout the year while displaying excellence in the water and leadership in safety.
“At the start of this past year’s season, I set a goal for myself to be on every possible big swell. It was a non-stop whirlwind of giant waves and travel and to be acknowledged for my accomplishments and efforts at the end of the year has been very gratifying,” stated Long.
Double award-winning Greg Long is featured in the up-coming issue of TSP (66), riding giants at Ghost Trees and Todos Santos.