The wave that earned Ken "Skindog" Collins a nomination in the 2011/12 Billabong XXL Big Wave surfing awards Thursday just found him.
Collins was nominated in the Monster Paddle category for a wave he caught at Maverick's on Feb. 8. The wave, which he estimates at 40 to 45 feet, was a rogue that found him while he was sitting far out on the shoulder, trying to regroup after four waves pounded down on him during an earlier attempt.
"I didn't want to catch a wave. I went way out to get my bearings straight," Collins said. "Within 10
Professional surfer Ken Collins makes his way out of the water at the Pillar Point Harbor after a memorial paddle out for Hawaiian big wave surfer Sion Milosky on the one-year anniversary of his death at Maverick's, Friday. (Jon Weiand/Sentinel)Professional surfer Ken Collins makes his way out of the water at the Pillar Point Harbor after a memorial paddle out for Hawaiian big wave surfer Sion Milosky on the one-year anniversary of his death at Maverick's, Friday. (Jon Weiand/Sentinel)
minutes it came to me. I was like, 'Oh man, do have to catch this?' But then I have Shane Dorian screaming at me to go and I was like, 'I've got to at least pretend to go for it.' Then it was so glassy and beautiful."
Frank Quirarte and Robert Brown caught photos of the ride and The Go Big Project captured it on film. They stand to split $4,000 if Collins wins, and he could win $15,000. Winners will be announced at a red-carpet event on May 4 and the show will be aired on FuelTV on May 20 at 3 p.m.
A Santa Cruz surfer has been nominated for an XXL award every year since 2004. Collins won the Ride of the Year -- the XXL's biggest award worth $50,000 -- and the Monster Tube, in 2007 for a monster 50-plus-footer he caught near Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
"It's the same thing, I'm going in thinking I have no chance. That's the natural reaction," Collins said. "You hope for the best. Looking at all the photos of all the waves, they're all just really big waves."
Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Nominees
RIDE OF THE YEAR
Surfer prize $50,000; Video prize $5,000
Nathan Fletcher, San Juan Capistrano: Teahupoo, Tahiti on Aug. 27, 2011 (Video by Simon Saffigna)
Ryan Hipwood, Australia: Cloudbreak, Fiji on July 12, 2011 (Video by Nimai Strickland)
Greg Long, San Clemente: Puerto Escondido, Mexico on May 19, 2011 (Video by Alejandro Berger)
Garrett McNamara, Haleiwa, Hawaii: Praia do Norte, Nazar , Portugal on Nov. 1, 2011 (Video by Jorge Leal)
Jeff Rowley, Australia: Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan 30 (Video by Wangdu Hovey)
Surfer prize $15,000; Photo/video prize $4,000
Ken "Skindog" Collins, Santa Cruz: Maverick's on Feb. 8 (photos by Robert Brown and Frank Quirarte; video by The Go Big Project)
Danilo Couto, Brazil: Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 4 (photo by Fred Pompermayer; video by Greg Browning)
Shane Dorian, Kona, Hawaii: Jaws, Hawaii, on Jan. 4 (photos by Bidu, Tracy Kraft, Bruno Lemos, Jason Murray and Fred Pompermayer; video by Elliot Leboe)
Jamie Mitchell, Australia: Todos Santos, Mexico on Jan. 6 (photo by Jason Murray, video by Graham Nash)
Dave Wassel, Haleiwa, Hawaii: Jaws, Maui, Hawaii on Jan. 4 (photos by Eric Aeder, Frank Berthuot, Bruno Lemos, Mike Neal and Fred Pompermayer, video by Bruno Lemos)
Surfer prize $15,000; photo/video prize $4,000
Andrew Cotton, United Kingdom: Mullaghmore Head, Ireland, on March 8 (photos by Andrew Kilfeather, Conn Osbourne and David Olsthoorn; video by Jamie Russell)
Garrett McNamara, Haleiwa, Hawaii: Priaia do Norte, Nazar , Portugal on Nov. 1, 2011. (photo by Wilson Ribeiro; video by Jorge Leal)
Axi Muniain, Spain: Agiti, Spain on Dec. 15, 2011. (photo by Eric Chauche; video by Walter Lang)
Ollie O'Flaherty, Ireland: Mullaghmore Head, Ireland, on March 8 (photos by Christian McLeod and Matt Strathern; video by Mark Waters)
Damien "Taco" Warr, Western Australia: Cow Bombie, Western Australia on Oct 16, 2011 (photo by Jamie Scott; video by Rick Jakovich)
Surfer prize $5,000; still photography prize $2,000
Kohl Christensen, Haleiwa, Hawaii: Cloudbreak, Fiji on July 12, 2011 (photos by Brian Bielmann and Bruno Lemos)
Nathan Fletcher, San Juan Capistrano: Teahupoo, Tahiti on Aug. 27, 2011. (photos by Brian Bielmann, Pete Frieden, Bruno Lemos, Tim McKenna and Benjamin Thouard)
Tyler Hollmer-Cross, Australia: Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania, on May 17, 2011. (photo by Andrew Chisholm)
Bruce Irons, Hanalei, Hawaii: Teahupoo, Tahiti on Aug. 27, 2011 (photos by Brian Bielmann, Tim McKenna, Fred Pompermayer, Pat Stacy and Benjamin Thouard)
Everaldo "Pato" Teixeira, Brazil: Teahupoo, Tahiti on Aug. 27, 2011. (photos by Tim McKenna, Fred Pompermayer and Benjamin Thouard)