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Andrea Moller at Jaws, Maui, Hawai

Andrea Moller at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 28, 2016.


The Inertia

Remember all the way back in August when Maya Gabeira spat fire at the World Surf League, accusing them of “ignoring requests to help get her in the Guinness Book of World Records?” She even started a petition. “In order to establish a world record, I need the World Surf League to certify the measurement of the wave,” she wrote at the time. “For some reason, the WSL has ignored my request.”  Well, now there’s whole new special edition of the Big Wave Awards called the Women’s Biggest Wave World Record category. As the name implies, it’s dedicated to the biggest wave surfed by a woman. It’s a list of the usual suspects at the usual places: Maya Gabeira, Justine Dupont, Andrea Moller, Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, etc, at giant, terrifyingly-beautiful waves like Jaws, Nazare, and Belharra. Below are the nominations.

Bethany Hamilton at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 4, 2016.

Bethany Hamilton at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 5, 2009.

Maya Gabeira at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on January 18, 2018.

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Andrea Moller at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 28, 2016.

Andrea Moller at Outer Sprecks on January 27, 2016.

Andrea Moller at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 22, 2014.

Justine Dupont at Belharra Reef, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France on December 22, 2013.

Justine Dupont at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017.

Justine Dupont at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on February 25, 2018.

Justine Dupont at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on December 15, 2017.

Justine Dupont at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal on December 15, 2017.

Justine Dupont at Belharra Reef, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France.

Paige Alms at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on December 25, 2009.

Keala Kennelly at Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on January 17, 2010.