Stab Magazine | Meet your 2016 Wipeout of the Year Nominees

Meet your 2016 Wipeout of the Year Nominees

A collection of great misses.

news // Mar 30, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

God lord, that Tom Dosland freefall’s worth a few more rewinds. It’s been a serious season for XXL juice and the wipeout of the year nominations solidify that. Everyone loves a good spill, they translate evenly across the board from religious surfers, to people who’ve never seen the ocean. A six foot full-roter into the flats has nowhere near the same universal connection as watching somebody skip down the face while an ominous ball of whitewash looms behind. It brings about that, holy shit I think that guy just died feeling.

“It’s not like I want to wipeout,” Nicollo Porcella (who, if kite surfing got a nomination would be in here twice) told Stab. You’ll recall his tiny arm protruding a Chope’s lip during the Code Orange swell in July? Or the Judo kick to a Jaws lip a few months back? “I want to make the biggest waves and pull into the biggest barrels. But making it through a heavy wipeout is almost as good as making a wave. If you want to do something new, it happens; you fall. Falling is part of succeeding and the bigger you want to go, the bigger you’re going to fall.”

This year’s Wipeout of the Year features a 5,000 dollar pot, three grand to the surfer, two grand to the videographer.

Here’s your 2016 nominees (in order of appearance):
– Matt Becker (Santa Barbara, Ca) at Mavericks, February 4, 2016. Video by Dan Norkunas
– Pedro Calado (Rio de Janeiro, Bra) at Puerto Escondido, May 3, 2015. Video by Daniel Balbuena

- Tom Dosland (Honolulu, Hawaii) at Jaws, January 27, 2016. Video by Bruno Lemos
- Garrett McNamara (Haleiwa, Hawaii) at Maverick’s, January 7, 2016. Video by Chris Wilson
- Niccolo Porcella (Sardegna, Italy) at Teahupoo, July 22, 2015. Video by Tim Pruvost.

Who’s got your vote? 


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Sierra Kerr On Greasing Full Rotes, Making Dad Cry & Her Concussion @ VSHPBME 

'I haven’t got my license yet, but I'm thinking of buying a little truck.'

Nov 27, 2022


Harry Bryant Dumps Crutches, Visualizes Pipeline Pits After Snapping Leg

“For once in my life, I’m taking something a bit more serious."

Nov 26, 2022


“There Definitely Needs To Be More Girls That Try Airs”

Caity Simmers' thoughts on her Vans Pipe Masters debut.

Nov 26, 2022

Preview: Who’s John John Florence Flushing Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl?

The final event of the CS schedule is almost upon us. Let's dissect.

Nov 25, 2022


Dane Reynolds Said These Clips Weren’t Good Enough

Could'a fooled us.

Nov 25, 2022

Watch Now: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Nov 24, 2022


How A Magic Island Birthed One Of The Most Radical Surf And Skate Scenes In The World

Mateus Herdy, Pedro Barros and friends in Red Bull x Stab's No Contest, Brazil.

Nov 23, 2022

The Uber Driver Turned Crypto Millionaire Who Denounced His US Citizenship And Whips Into XXL Nazare

"I do what I want, I don't have a boss." -Toby Trouble

Nov 23, 2022


‘I Thought He Was Gonna Grab A Machete… Then He Picked Up A Rock’

2x SSOTY Jai Glindeman’s drama (& left-tube) filled Sumbawa trip.

Nov 23, 2022


“The Inside Of Pipeline Sounds Like The Center Of The Universe”

Tosh Tudor seeks solitude at the Vans Pipe Masters.

Nov 22, 2022

Is Rasta Rob Really Going To Ride His Beloved Stock Dims Rad Ripper At The Vans Pipe Masters?

An interview with the most rapidly ascended surfer in recent memory.

Nov 22, 2022

Sierra Kerr And Robbie McCormick Win Vans Stab High Indonesia Presented By Monster Energy

And we had a live premiere in Oceanside to celebrate.

Nov 22, 2022

The Stab Guide To The World Cup

Including which team bears most similarities to former CT surfer Ricky "Ricky Badness" Basnett.

Nov 21, 2022

Unlocked: Albee Layer Speaks His Mind In His SEOTY Entry, ‘Delirium’

Come for the double rotations, stay for Albee's existential thoughts on surfing and life.

Nov 20, 2022

Buy Now: John John Florence’s ‘Gravity’

Get Gravity and support Junior Lifeguards.

Nov 20, 2022


Craig Anderson Could Find A Spitting Tube In A Tranquil Koi Pond

“How the fuck did I get an invite?”

Nov 19, 2022

Unlocked: Parker Coffin Combats Seven Years Worth Of Mind Demons In SEOTY Entry ‘Sendo’

Sometimes, the only way out is through the belly of a Pipe bomb.

Nov 19, 2022

How Can You Make A Giant Board On A Big Wave Feel Small?

Inside the radical evolution happening in the gun design space.

Nov 19, 2022