In The Hot Seat: Billy Kemper – The back-to-back Jaws champ on winning the 2017 Ride of the Year

In The Hot Seat: Billy Kemper – The back-to-back Jaws champ on winning the 2017 Ride of the Year

In the last four years, the Ride of the Year has been a paddle wave at either Jaws or Puerto Escondido.

The Maui local and back-to-back Pe’ahi Challenge champ was awarded the Ride of the Year at the 2017 Big Wave awards on Saturday night in Huntington Beach, taking home $75K.

I thought my wave was the best paddle wave of the year, and just from the past, it seems like the biggest barrel ridden and made at Jaws is usually the Ride of the Year winner.

He’s won Ride of the Year three out of the last four years, so I’m sure that makes this win extra-special.

But after I did that, I settled down and told myself I only need to paddle for waves that are going to change my life, and approach it like a freesurf, where all I’m looking to do is get the biggest barrel out there.

I also want to say thanks to Mark Healey and Greg Long and some of the other surfers for rallying a couple years ago to get everyone to step up and pitch some more money to us surfers, because we’re putting our lives on the line every year, and it means a lot to get the support from the companies and from the WSL.

But I actually ended up in the 60s on the ‘QS last year, so I’m going to do all of the Prime events [QS 10000s], and then I really want to win the Triple Crown.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

In The Hot Seat: Billy Kemper   The back to back Jaws champ on winning the 2017 Ride of the Year surf photo  In The Hot Seat: Billy Kemper   The back to back Jaws champ on winning the 2017 Ride of the Year surf photo  In The Hot Seat: Billy Kemper   The back to back Jaws champ on winning the 2017 Ride of the Year surf photo

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