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Hobart’s Michael Brennan, is in the running for one of the world’s top big wave surfing awards.

The 19 year-old was the only Australian nominated for the ‘ride of the year’ award which recognises the most amazing performance by a big wave surfer captured on video.

Brennan was chosen for his death defying ride on a monster wave at Shipstern Bluff on the Tasman Peninsula in January.

He is vying with four other surfers from around the world for the $56,000 prize.

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Alex Wade of Surf Nation reports:

Alex ‘Alfy’ Cater won the Oakley Surfing Life Biggest Wave Award. He took home $20,000 and a Sea-Doo personal watercraft.

Marti Paradisis bagged the ‘best overall performance’ award — this shot of him at Shipstern Bluff on the Tasman Peninsula shows why.

(Via Surf Nation)

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A handful of Tasmanian surfers are giving the big-name pro surfers something to think about with their ongoing assaults on Shipstern Bluff.

Photos and footage from their amazing efforts are some of the most compelling in the Oakley Surfing Life Big Wave Awards — Australasia’s most sought-after big surf challenge.

 ‘They’re just charging,’ says photographer Stuart Gibson, winner of the prestigious Nestle Award, who’s been busy documenting his mates’ efforts at Shipstern.

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