SURFER Awards 2017: Best Barrel Nominees

The best kind of tunnel vision

A well-laid turn gets us staring, flips are exciting, but no move really compares to letting the wave do the work and barrel the lucky ones nearby. The SURFER Award nominees for Best Barrel span the full range of criteria. Length? Evan Geiselman took his Skeleton Bay barrel into another time zone. Size? Greg Long, Ian Walsh, and Ryan Hipwood caught three of the deepest big-wave barrels in history this year. Spit? Koa Rothman might never need to shower again after his Pipeline bomb. All five nominees could take the win. Which is why we’ll still be watching these rides on repeat for months after the show is over. A good barrel’s a good barrel, after all. Who do you think deserves the vote? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

EVAN GEISELMAN, SKELETON BAY

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GREG LONG, PUERTO ESCONDIDO

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IAN WALSH, JAWS

KOA ROTHMAN, PIPELINE

RYAN HIPWOOD, JAWS