Later this week the Billabong XXL Awards will be decided in a fancy theatre in Anaheim, Southern California. It's a glitzy affair and alot of fun but for some of these guys it's one of the primary ways they can earn recognition, some decent cash ($50,000 for Ride of the Year Award) and some mass recognition for their sponsors.

One category that no one wants to be entered for is the Wipeout of the Year. But then again, if you are entered for it, and you're still alive enough to attend the ceremony to collect your $5,000 cheque, maybe that rock bounce or two-wave hold-down will suddenly seem worth it.