Danilo Couto has conquered the 2011 Billabong XXL "Ride of the Year". Couto took the main big wave surfing title with his Jaws ride. The Brazilian surfer from Bahia surfed a 20-metre wave and won the prestigious event after reaching the finals for the fifth time.
Benjamin Sanchis, from Hossegor, scored the "Biggest Wave" trophy after surfing a giant wall of water at Belharra, France, on February 16, 2011.
The "Monster Paddle" and the "Monster Tube" winner was Shane Dorian and his Peahi wave. He takes home a $50,000 prize money.
The "Wipe Out Of The Year" went to Mark Mathews, after a dangerous fall at Shipstern Bluff.
The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards 2011 granted Danilo Couto a $50,000 check. The event acknowledge the achievements of the world's finest surfers in the biggest waves, anywhere in the world.