• Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Nominee's

The nominees have just been announced for the 2013 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Pacifico, and it's going to be another amazing year for surfing as the sport's best continue to smash down the barriers of what was once thought possible.

The Billabong XXL Awards competition window closed on March 20, the start of spring, with every wave ridden at every big wave break around the world in the previous 12 months in contention. The five biggest or best in each of the key categories have now been identified based on the photographic evidence, and the winners will be crowned at a gala awards show at the Grove Theater in Anaheim, California on May 3, with over $120,000 up for grabs across seven diverse event categories. (Four are announced today, leaving the wipeout and two performance categories to be announced in April.)

A truly global event, this year's XXL entries included hundreds of images and video clips of scores of surfers in action in dozens of countries spanning all the world's oceans. And while many up-and-coming surfers made their mark this year, when the vast number of entries were distilled down to the very best, there were a number of names left who are no strangers to the XXL winner's podium.

In an unprecedented outcome, Hawaiian surfer Shane Dorian has been nominated in all four of the categories revealed today, including the Ride of the Year, Pacifico Paddle, Pacifico Tube, and XXL Biggest Wave for his landmark paddle-in tube ride on an enormous wave at Jaws, Maui during an extraordinary early-season swell which slammed the Hawaiian Chain in early October.